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Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Rare Muscat (375ML half-bottle)

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      17% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      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 fruitand walnuts, with drying tannins and brisk acidity to carry the amazingly intense finish.

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      WE 100
      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.
      RP 99
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      Tasted again in March 2016, the NV Rare Muscat has a deep brown color with a distinctive green tinge to the rim. The nose is, in a word, incredible and terribly difficult to describe, which is a great thing. Rancio doesn't begin to capture the complex, oxidative signature: honey coated walnuts, molasses, dates, sandalwood, baking spices, old chesterfields, aniseed and potpourri with fleeting, ethereal wafts of incense, roasted nut and exotic spice notes. Rich, unctuous and gratuitously multi-layered, this is one for the hedonists.
      JH 99
      Australian Wine Companion
      Dense mahogany; incredibly concentrated and complex, and startling viscosity as it enters the mouth, yet has a quicksilver lightness on the back-palate; the layers of flavour are almost countless, with sour cherry/morello cherry, Turkish coffee and the finest black chocolate (Swiss or Belgian). This wine is truly something that all wine lovers must experience at least once in their lives; one sip was taken for this entire note and the flavour is still building.
      WS 96
      Wine Spectator
      Rich and concentrated, this offers an unctuous, lush mouthful of date nut bread, candied ginger, chocolate-covered pretzel, candied orange zest and toasted cashew notes. The flavors are harmonious and expressive. A second wave of flavors and a jolt of acidity on the finish make this epic. Drink now through 2030.
      W&S 96
      Wine & Spirits
      Stephen Chambers, the sixth-generation winemaker at this family firm, releases his Rare wines from stocks that are more than a century old. This muscat coats the glass in its almost black mahogany color, just as one small sip completely saturates the palate, a layer of darkness allowing only glints of flavor to get through, even as those flavors have intensity and energy. You might taste it as salt, iodine and figs if you try to break it into components, or you might taste it as time revealed through light, a canvas as complex as the night sky with no moonlight to soften the detail of the distant stars.
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      Chambers Rosewood, Rutherglen, Australia
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      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.


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      Located in the warm and dry northeastern corner of the state of Victoria, bordering the southern side of the Murray River, the Rutherglen region bears a long history of fortified wine production.

      Rutherglen's main variety, Muscat blanc à Petits Grains (also known as Brown Muscat or Muscat à Petit Grains Rouge for its often pink- or red-tinged berries) flourishes in the region’s deep, moisture retaining, alluvial red loam soils. To make the distinguished and aptly named fortified, "Rutherglen," these Muscat grapes are harvested after left to semi-raisin on the vine. Fermentation only reaches a few degrees alcohol before the juice is fortified with grape spirit and aged in a barrel system resembling a cross between a Sherry solera and a Madeira estufagem. Rutherglen wines boast great concentration and fine aromas hinting at orange flowers and spice, and are capable of astounding quality.

      The Rutherglen region grows second grape, called Muscadelle (confusingly unrelated to any Muscat clone), which also produces a quality fortified wine. Historically Australians called the grape “Tokay” and believed it to have Hungarian ancestry but when the French ampelographer, Paul Truel, identified it as Muscadelle in 1976, the name had to be changed. Today varietal wines made from Muscadelle can be called, “Topaque.”

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      Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

      Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

      Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

      Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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