Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Grand Muscat (375ML half-bottle)
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Produced from Muscat a Petit Grains, or Brown Muscat as it is more commonly known, the Grand Muscat is a deep amber color with a tawny rim. It displays a complex nose of spiced fruitcake, coffee and subtle rancio characters derived from time in oak. The complex palate shows luscious prunes, dried raisins and mature peaty spirits finishing with impressive persistence.
Wine Enthusiast - "The Grand level of Chambers' offerings may be the best compromise between expense, rarity and quality. This Grand Muscat boasts knockout scents of dried flowers, tea leaves and rancio, while the flavors are date-like in sweet intensity but accompanied by floral qualities and impeccable freshness."
Australian Wine Companion - "A very appealing balance between freshness and age, with touches of oak, bitter almonds, toffee and some lifted floral, musky notes; the palate is poised, weighty and shows a very pleasant burnt caramel character on the finish; delicious."
International Wine Cellar - "Light amber. An intensely perfumed array of dried orchard and pit fruit aromas is complicated by exotic Indian spices and flowers, along with a note of cherry pit. Bitter orange peel and medicinal red fruit flavors are intensely sweet but don't come off as heavy or thick, with a lively cracked pepper note coming up on the back half. Pretty wild stuff, finishing with strong cut and clinging sweetness."
Wine Spectator - "A smooth, sweet Muscat, displaying a hint of orange peel and black tea to the walnut, cherry and spice notes. The finish finds a bead and keeps rolling beautifully, with focus and refinement. Drink now."
The Wine Advocate - "With a medium brown color going slightly green at the edge, NV Rosewood Vineyards Grand Muscat has aromas of macerated sultanas, fig paste, baklava, toasted hazelnuts and coffee grounds plus a little mace. The palate is very sweet and very crisp with an unctuous silkiness that blankets the mouth and lingers a very long time. "
Wine & Spirits - "Blended from wines that are up to 70 years old in the Chambers' family cellars, this is a dark beauty with a seemingly everlasting flavor of honey and beeswax, along with an acidic sting that keeps the sweetness in check. It's complex and mouthwatering, to sip on its own or serve with an apple tart a la mode."
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Chambers Rosewood Winery
The Chambers winery has been family owned since its establishment in 1858. The winemaking duties and care of the "old material" have been handed down from father to son through five generations and for the last 40 years has rested with Bill Chambers. View all Chambers Rosewood Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.