Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Rare Muscat (375ML half-bottle)
Other Dessert from Victoria, Australia
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 Enthusiast - "Not 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 Spectator - "Exuberantly 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 Advocate - "The 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 Companion - "Beautifully 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 Cellar - "Deep, 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 & Spirits - "Six 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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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
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
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.