Campbells of Rutherglen Muscat

Price : $19

VALUE FOR MONEY?

April 9, 2019

Campbells of Rutherglen are one of Australia’s greatest fortified winemakers. Like many in Rutherglen, they’ve got a history dating back to the 1800s and stores of wines going back more than seven decades that are sitting around to be used in future blends. Today I’m reviewing one of their entry-level wines – Campbells of Rutherglen Muscat, which is usually around $20 a bottle or less.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Rutherglen’s Muscats and Tokays are among Australia’s greatest gifts to the wine world. These thick, syrupy wines are entirely unique and like nothing you’ll try from anywhere else. They are sweet, of course, but when done well they shouldn’t be overbearing. Sadly, they have been out of favour for years, but that’s good news for value-conscious drinkers.

These wines are always non-vintage and the idea is to blend older wines that bring complexity with younger wines that add freshness. In the more expensive examples, the average age of the wines in the blend is above 20 years. And some of the components in those wines are typically much, much older – more than a century in some cases.

The Review: Campbells of Rutherglen Muscat

There’s a sweet grapey (yes, grapey) nose with a little bit of gingerbread. It’s thick and syrupy, with a rich, long finish that coats the mouth and stays there. Definitely sweet but not cloying and goes great with chocolate. It’s got nothing on the great Rutherglen’s like Morris’s Rare Liqueur Muscat but it should easily scratch your fortified-wine itch.

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  • Region: Rutherglen

  • Alcohol Percentage: 17.5%

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