Rutherglen Muscat (375mL) NV
Campbells Wines
Region: Rutherglen

94-James Halliday
Tasting Notes

Rutherglen Muscat is amongst the world’s sweetest and most luscious wines. And this is no exception. 230 g/l of residual sugar mean loads of rich, raisined fruit alongside caramel, toffee and a hint of smoky oak. The palate is full and heady as you’d expect and the finish lingers for days. A complex, intense and well balanced sticky.

Muscat à Petits Grains Rouges is a variant of the more common Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. It has a brownish/reddish hue, hence the name. It is used widely in the production of sweet wines, most notably Vins Doux Naturel from southern France.

A small region in the north-eastern part of Victoria, Rutherglen is home to 16 wineries, many of which date back to the area’s 19th Century gold rush. Rutherglen is blessed with warm days, cool nights, and a long dry autumn, providing the blueprints for the optimum ripening of grapes. The region is known best for producing sweet, intensely-flavoured fortified wines made from the local Muscat grape. Still wines made from Shiraz and Durif are also prominent, exhibiting rich fruit and firm tannins with immense aging potential.

Campbells winery and vineyards are situated in the historic Rutherglen wine region of North East Victoria. Campbells was established in 1870 by Scotsman John Campbell. Today 5th generation sisters – Jane as Managing Director and Julie as Winemaker – proudly carry on the family winemaking tradition where their cellars house the world famous Rutherglen Muscat.

Each season, grapes are picked after prolonged ripening to ensure maximum sugar levels and to obtain that classic, Rutherglen raisin character. The fermented wine is blended into the winery’s solera system that blends vintages in order to maintain a consistent house style.

Wine Type: Fortified

Variety: Muscat a Petit Grains Rouge

Classification: Rutherglen

Orientation: n/a

Appellation: Rutherglen

Gradient: n/a

Soil: Rutherglen loam

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Vinification: Hand harvested, wines are crushed at optimal phenolic and sugar ripeness. A neutral spirit is added during fermentation to arrest it. Wines are then aged in a Solera System

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 17

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 375 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable