140 years in the making, Campbells celebrate with sparkle

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Celebrating 140 years of family winemaking in Rutherglen, Campbells has blended multiple vintages of their Bobbie Burns Shiraz to create a never-to-be-repeated ‘1870’ Sparkling Shiraz, named in honour of their year of foundation.

Fourth generation winemaker Colin Campbell said that this special sparkling has given the Campbell family an opportunity to reflect on their achievements.

“We gratefully acknowledge the toil of generations past, and of course look to the future and the growing involvement of the fifth generation of our family. The ‘1870’ has been a secret project over the past few years, so everyone at the winery is delighted we are now able to release it”, he said.

“This is without doubt one of the most exciting wines released in my forty-plus years as winemaker. By its very nature this is a wine that can never be repeated.”

Produced in the ‘methode traditionelle’, the wine created by blending multiple vintages dating back 40 years of Bobbie Burns Shiraz, spent one year aging on lees prior to disgorgement and liqueuring with Campbell’s ‘Allen’s’ Rare Rutherglen Tawny.

It is a multi-faceted flavoursome wine, showing a fine balance of primary and secondary fruit character. The mid palate reveals a layered complexity that can only result from such well-aged base material, with liquorice, aniseed, clove, leather and earth all playing a role.

It has a velvet lined mid-palate, and an elegant, lingering finish. This is very much a food wine, and Colin Campbell suggests pairing it with delicate game dishes such as duck, or rich flavoursome pates and terrines. Although unlikely to change significantly with cellaring, this wine will drink well until 2015.

Click here to buy now or visit us at Cellar Door for a tasting of this special wine.


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