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At The Age & SMH Good Wine Guide awards our very own Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat received the coveted award of Victoria's Wine of Provenance. It’s always heartening to receive such awards as a reminder of just how special these wines really are.
Here's what Epicure's Nick Stock had to say...
Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
The diversity of Victorian wine is unchallenged by any other state of Australia, making this a hotly contested award. Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat is an incredible wine in every sense. A masterpiece, it sits consistently at the summit of quality in one of the most rare and distinctive wine styles found anywhere in the world.
More than any other wine awarded here, the dual factors of place and time are key to shaping this wine's character. Born of hardy vineyards established by John Campbell in 1870, the long ageing process means this wine spans generations of winemakers.
The base of this wine is more than 60 years old and the rare classification indicates that only the material of the highest quality is granted entry to the blend. An exclusive, rare and distinctly unique elixir, it tastes of raisins, burnt toffee, dark roasted nuts and more - the texture is spellbinding.