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99 Great Wine Expectations
Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday's Wine Companion - August 2012
Drink Campbells Merchant Prince with a chunk of cheddar
We all know Australia makes great fortified wine - though we perhaps don't appreciate it as much as we should. Campbells Merchant Prince, the absolute top-shelf real McCoy, is such a profound experience that you're never likely to forget drinking it. With a chunk of good cheddar. After the first sip, you'll forget the price. Spellbinding.
Ralph Kyte-Powel, The Age - August 2012
Bobbie Burns 2010 treads a middle course between Rutherglen tradition and expectations of the modern drinker. Slightly portly and liquorice-strap aromas sit alongside succulent black cherry and spice-cupboard fragrance. Four stars.
FOOD: Hearty home-made steak pie, lasagne.
Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury - August 2012
Moscato is in vogue after a surge in popularity over the past couple of years. This pretty pink, crafted form the muscat, a petit grains rouge variety, is bright, breezy and spritzy with its musky nots on the nose and sweet berry and citrus fruit flavours.
Ian MacTavish, Better Homes and Garderns - August 2012
A real stayer. Now in the 41st vintage from 50-year-old vines. A rich, plummy, fruity wine for those who love a real red with their beef.
One for lunch...
David Ellis, PS News and Wine & Liqueuers - August 2012
With Spring just around the corner a wine to look out for for that first picnic of the season, maybe brunch on the balcony in the sun or late afternoon canapes as night falls, is increasingly-popular Moscato.
Campbells in Victoria's Rutherglen have released a delightfully easy-drinking 2012 Moscato that you won't have to think twice about indulging a few glasses - its just 7% alcohol which is around half the norm.
This pinkish-hued wine with refreshing natural spritz was made from 40-year old Muscat vines and has loads of Muscat grape flavours and citrus blossom, summer berries, musk and rosewater aromatics. Excellent value at $18 and great for Spring-time fun entertaining.
Peter Chapman, Fraser Coast Chronicle- August 2012
The cooler months may not be an optimum time for moscato, but if you were to find a nice warm weekend, open a bottle of this. Crisp natural fruit flavours of summer berries.
FOOD: Honey prawns.
James Halliday 's 2013 Wine Companion
We are thrilled to announce Campbells has received a five star rating in James Halliday's Wine Companion 2013 for the fifth year in a row! And ten of our wines received scores of 90+ - an exceptional result!
View the wines below -
Campbells Bobbie Burns Shiraz 2010 - 92pts
Drink by: 2030 | Date tasted: 23/03/12 | Alcohol: 14.5%
Crimson, with hints of purple; a rich, full-bodied wine reflecting the quality of the vintage; a mix of blackberry, plum and mocha, the finish sustained by soft, ripe tannins and a touch of oak.
Campbells The Brothers Shiraz 2009 - 93pts
Drink by: 2024 | Date tasted: 23/03/12 | 14.5%
Strong, bright purple-red; a densely packed wine with an abundance of red and black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and oak on the bouquet and palate; it is the oak that has the upper hand at the moment, but not by a wide margin.
Campbells The Sixties Block 2010 - 91pts
Drink by: 2017 | Date tasted: 23/03/12 | Alcohol: 14%
The blend is unique; it includes shiraz, tempranillo, graciano, tinta cao, souzao and carignan. It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but the fruit flavours have considerable life and vitality, largely in the red spectrum; the freshness of the wine is accentuated by the very fine tannins and controlled oak.
Campbells Limited Release Rutherglen Durif 2009 - 94pts
Drink by: 2024 | Date tasted: 23/03/12 | Alcohol: 14.5%
Excellent red-crimson; a very good example of the variety, mouthfilling and velvety, yet not too ripe; the flavours are of plum, blackberry and a touch of dark chocolate, the tannins ripe and round.
Campbells Rutherglen Topaque - 93pts
Drink by: 2013 | Date tasted: 24/03/12 | Alcohol: 17.5%
An outstanding wine at this bottom-of-the-range category; bright, light amber; it has great detail to its mix of honey, tea leaf, toffee and cake on the back-palate and very lively finish. The only problem is a half-bottle won't be big enough. 375 ml.
Campbells Rutherglen Muscat - 92pts
Drink by: 2013 | Date tasted: 23/03/12 | Alcohol: 17.5%
Light, vibrant colour; the palate is crammed with a mix of raisins, burnt toffee and glace fruits, the finish long and harmonious. Gold medal Decanter International Wine Challenge '10.
Campbells Classic Rutherglen Muscat - 93pts
Drink by: 2013 | Date tasted: 24/03/12 | Alcohol: 17.5%
Deeper colour than the basic Muscat, but still fresh; the strong raisin fruit is tempered by the rancio that has started to develop, and also by the lifted spicy notes on both bouquet and palate, the finish long and potent. 500 ml.
Campbells Isabella Rare Topaque - 98pts
Drink by: 2013 |Date tasted: 24/03/12 | Alcohol: 18%
Deep burnt amber and olive on the rim; exceptionally luscious, intense and rich, its density more like very old Seppelt Paras, but with the unique topaque suite of flavours. Impossible to resist, although espresso coffee and walnuts would be a great match. 375 ml.
Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Muscat - 97pts
Drink by: 2013 | Date tasted: 24/03/12 | Alcohol: 18%
As with the Isabella Topaque, is more viscous and more luscious than its peers, with the most complex array of flavours adding to the usual raisin, burnt toffee and hints of tar. 375 ml.