Offering a delightfully intense combination of smoky fruit and spice flavours, this wine has a sweet, lingering finish. Great when enjoyed with rich cakes and desserts or just savour by itself. Heavenly with triple cream cheese.
Founded in 1858 by William Chambers and situated just one kilometre west of Rutherglen, on the Corowa road. The original vineyards which were replanted after phylloxera attacked the area in the late 1890's now have some irrigation, and produce low tonnages with wonderful concentrated flavour. Rosewood's fifth generation winemaker Bill Chambers OAM, handed over to son Stephen in 2001. The proud tradition of winemaking continues from the rich old fortified wines made in the early 1900s by great grandfather Will Chambers who started off the wonderful Tokay and Muscat blends which today are renowned throughout the world. The Rare Muscat and Rare Tokay consistently receive perfect, 100 out of 100 scores from the influential wine writer Robert Parker Junior of the Wine Spectator who refers to Bill as the "Master of the Fortified wine business of Australia".
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Where the Muscadelle is yellow-gold, this is pale russet red. The fortification spirit that is added after the wine has spent a mere 24 hours on skins before it is pressed introduces an edge to the Christmas cake, raisin, orange peel and spice that define new-born Rutherglen muscat. Truly great value.
Few wines warm winter chills like Rutherglen Muscat. Ancient "liqueur" wines tended and blended in dusty cellars by generations of Rutherglen winemakers grab attention (and high prices), but young wines at the bottom of the range can be great value. This example from Chambers is tawny coloured with pure youthful muscat aromas of dried fruits. caramel, fig syrup, rosewater and lifted spirit. It's an uncomplicated essence of Rutherglen muscat, fruity, sweet and succulent with a thread of firmness drying the finish.