Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque (375ml)

Tasting Notes

Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque. There is a real lusciousness and weight on the palate with full, mellow honeyed flavours, lingering complex rancio characters and drying tannins on the finish to balance the sweetness and prevent it from cloying.

Winemaking

The grapes are left late in the season to achieve optimum ripeness, ensuring maximum fruit flavour and a high degree of natural sweetness. Only selected parcels of premium fruit made to the strictest criteria can be added to the Rare Rutherglen Topaque solera. Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style. As with any blended wine, it is difficult to specify an exact age. The oldest base wine is well over 70 years old, with only wines of the highest standard from excellent vintages being added to this outstanding solera.

Cellaring

Blended for optimum flavour and balance prior to bottling, this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening. This wine may be enjoyed with coffee and petit fours or rich almond butter biscuits. However, to fully appreciate the rich complexity of this rare wine, we recommend enjoying it on its own.

CLASSIFICATION: RARE

This classification is rare by name and by nature. This is the pinnacle of the Rutherglen topaques. It is the richest and most complete wine – displaying deep colour, intense fruit and ‘rancio’ characters, rich viscous texture and extraordinary depth of mellowed complex flavours. The Topaques of Rutherglen bear a mark of authenticity – an oval logotype with a stylised “R” – which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great vineyards of the region. The “Topaque of Rutherglen” trademark assures the highest quality of wine exclusively sourced from the Rutherglen Wine Region.


"Campbells’ ‘house style’ is typically complex and elegant, capturing a rich purity of fruit flavours while finishing clean and dry." Colin Campbell

Reviews
Isabella Rare Topaque
Score: 97
Review by: James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion, August 2016
Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque
Score: 97 Points
Review by: James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion, July 2015
Sweet talk... Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque
Review by: Andrea Frost, Delicious Magazine, April 2014
Isabella - 1 of the 100 top wines!
Score: 5 glasses
Review by: Tony Love, The Herald Sun, March 2014
Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque
Score: 98 Points
Review by: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, October 2013
20 wines to light up your winter - Isabella!
Score: 5/5 stars
Review by: Tony Love, taste.com.au, July 2013
Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque
Score: 98 Points
Review by: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly, June 2013
Cream of the crop
Score: 98 Points
Review by: Nick Stock, Wine 100, February 2011
Campbells Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay
Score: 98 Points
Review by: General News, Wine 100, May 2010
Campbells Isabella Rare Tokay
Review by: Sydney Morning Herald, March 2010
High praise from Halliday!
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, August 2009
High praise from Halliday!
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition, October 2008
Parker praises Campbells
Score: 99 Points
Review by: Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate, January 2007
Campbells Tokay…
Review by: Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food and Wine 2007, December 2006
CAMPBELLS Isabella Rare Rutherglen Tokay NV
Review by: Tim White, The Age, December 2005
Campbells Tokay and Muscats
Review by: Sally Gudgeon, Divine Food, Wine & Cigars Issue 41, December 2005

 

$120.00 per bottle


CLOSURE
Screw Cap

WINEMAKER
Colin Campbell

COLOUR
Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues

BOUQUET
Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque

PALATE
There is a real lusciousness and weight on the palate with full, mellow honeyed flavours, lingering complex rancio characters and drying tannins on the finish to balance the sweetness and prevent it from cloying

GRAPE VARIETY
Muscadelle

GROWING REGION
From our Campbells Rutherglen vineyards

% ALCOHOL
18

 

 

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