Produced from Muscat a Petit Grains, or Brown Muscat as it is more commonly known, the
Rare Muscat offers a complex nose of dried raisins, candied fruit skins, ground coffee and
complex rancio characters. The intense, syrupy palate explodes with molasses, dried fruit
and walnuts, with drying tannins and brisk acidity to carry the amazingly intense finish.
Wine EnthusiastNot a Cellar Selection in the traditional sense of requiring additional aging, this venerable wine (it contains some material 100 years old) is ready to drink now, but should hold in the bottle indefinitely. It's dark coffee-brown, with delectable aromas of rancio, pressed flowers, molasses and honey, yet despite enormous concentration avoids excessive weight. Amazingly complex and fresh on the neverending finish.
Wine SpectatorExuberantly spicy, with clove, cinnamon and cardamom accents weaving through the prune and tobacco aromatics. Very sweet but not at all cloying, as earthy, tarry notes give way to rich brown sugar and brandy flavors on the finish. Drink now.
The Wine AdvocateThe NV Rosewood Vineyards Rare Muscat is deep brown in color with a faintly green rim. Earthy aromas of moss covered logs and damp earth lead to notes of raisin cake, gingerbread, toasted hazelnuts and anise plus a whiff of pepper. Very, very sweet, rich and thick, this wine is an extraordinary meal all its own. Epically long in the finish – this is an experience not to be missed.
Australian Wine CompanionBeautifully fragrant, with a sense of true age, depth and power; floral on entry, the acidity is extraordinary and gives the wine amazing life and nerve; the layers of flavour are almost countless, and this wine is truly something that every wine lover must experience at least once in their lives; one sip was taken for this entire note and the flavour is still building; thanks to the Chambers for sending these in this year.
International Wine CellarDeep, amber-edged brown. A kaleidoscopic nose offers confectionery aromas of candied cherry, toffee, vanilla, sultana raisin, date and spice cake. Deeply sweet and penetrating, with notes of candied fig, quince paste, caramel and toffeed apple complementing dense pit fruit and cherry flavors. Finishes very long and sweet, with a smoky nuance. This refuses to let up.
Wine & SpiritsSix generations of the Chambers family have tended their stocks of rare, now ancient muscat. This wine is so concentrated it feels compressed, a drop on the tongue expanding into layers of flavor - first raisins, then fresher fruit and a range of spices that make it compelling. The complexity of the structure makes it feel savory while the intriguing flavors draw you back for another drop.
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