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Wine writer Tyson Stelzer vistied us in Rutherglen last week and had much to say about Rutherglen table wines!
"I've lined up Rutherglen's best mixed dozen table wines. This region is showing its aptitude for textural wines from lesser-known varieties. Traditional Rhone and southern French varieties have thrived here for some time, but the real promise of this region appears to be with Spanish and Portuguese grapes. For a place famous for its fortifieds, this is no surprise. Rutherglen labels its top fortifieds "Rare" and it should do the same with its table wines, because these are very difficult wines to find. Best to buy direct from the cellar doors."
Here's what he had to say about our Limited Release Tempranillo 2012 and Bobbie Burns Shiraz 2011...
Limited Release Tempranillo 2012
Tempranillo excited me more than any other table wines in Rutherglen last week. No surprise that the fortified capital of Australia is turning its hand to the traditional varieties of Spain and Portugal. Campbells has had tempranillo in the ground since the 1960's, making it a pioneer of this variety in Australia. At a refreshing 12.5% alcohol, with vibrant acidity and lovely freshness, I reckon I'd pin this to a cool climate region in a blind tasting. It's refreshing and light, with a savoury palate of crunchy red and black berry fruits, tomato lead and finely textured tannins. More please.
Score: 92 points
Campbells Bobbie Burns Shiraz 2010
Bobbie Burns is Rutherglen's most famous table wines, and one of the few readily available outside the region. It's forty-first vintage is distinctively regional and as well-priced as ever. There's a savoury edge of freshly-tilled earth to this spicy, peppery style. An intense core of dense black plum skin and liquorice provides impressive concentration without ever deviating into sweetness or heaviness. Well-balanced acidity and fine-grained, firm tannins promise medium-term potential in the cellar.
Score: 92 points
And here's what Tyson had to say about our Grand Rutherglen Muscat...
Nothing short of a revelation. Black in hue with a gold rim, crammed with remarkable aromas of black olives and fruit cake spice, yet retaining consummate freshness and poise. It's the focus and definition of the palate that set this apart as the finest Grand in Rutherglen right now, brilliantly poised and remarkably integrated, with fig, marmalade and fruit cake spice lingering to eternity.
Score: 98 points