Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat (375ml)

Tasting Notes

Rich, deep brown with olive green rim. Intense raisin fruit with nutty rancio complexity, which only comes from very lengthy maturation in oak casks. The ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate. Complex nutty flavours flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes.

Winemaking

Fruit is left to ripen on the vine until as late as possible to ensure the necessary high degree of lusciousness. Juice is fermented for only a very short time before being fortified with neutral spirit and stored in oak to mature. Only the very best fruit from the finest vintages is used in the blend.

AGE: As with any blended wine, it is difficult to specify an exact age. The oldest base wine is well over 60 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 at the time of 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 the richest chocolate, however its myriad of flavours and lingering palate warrant enjoying it on its own.

“This classification is rare by name and by nature. These are the pinnacle Rutherglen Muscats – fully developed and displaying the extraordinary qualities that result from the blending of selected parcels of only the very richest, and most complete wines in the cellar. Rare Rutherglen Muscats are only bottled in tiny quantities each year, but for those privileged to taste them, these are wines of breathtaking complexity, texture and depth of flavour.

The Muscats of Rutherglen are considered the "World's Richest Wines" and bear a mark of authenticity – an oval logotype with a stylised "R" – which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great Muscat vineyards of the region. The "Muscat 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 raisin fruit flavours.” Colin Campbell

Reviews
Merchant Prince Rare Muscat
Score: 98
Review by: James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion, August 2016
Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Score: 98 Points
Review by: James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion, July 2015
Polishing Australia's Wine Reputation
Review by: Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, June 2015
Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Score: 98 Points
Review by: James Halliday, The Australian, May 2015
Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Review by: Desmond Houghton, Brisbane Courier Mail, April 14, 2015
Nick's 50 Best Australian Wines of 2014 - Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Review by: Nick Stock, Tasting Report, February 2015
Cool muscats
Review by: Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller, December 2014
Fortify yourself... Merchant Price Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Review by: Mike Bennie, Sunday Herald Sun, May 2014
Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Score: 98 Points
Review by: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, April 2013
A toast to our Merchant Prince Rare Muscat
Review by: Nick Stock, The Age, Epicure, November 2012
My Cellar... Jake Allan
Review by: James Halliday's Wine Companion, October/November 2012
99 Great Wine Experiences
Review by: Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday's Wine Companion, October/November 2012
Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat
Review by: Gus Lander, Life with Style Magazine, June 2011
Campbells from Rutherglen
Review by: Jane Faulkner, The Age, March 2011
The Perfect Aussie Wine
Score: 100 Points
Review by: General News, Wine Business Monthly, May 2010
Campbells Muscat 100 points 'perfect'
Score: 100 Points
Review by: General News, Free Press Corowa, 31st March, 2010
Campbells Muscat ‘perfect’ ...
Score: 100 Points
Review by: Wine Spectator, March 2010
High praise from Halliday!
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, August 2009
Merchant Prince continues to impress...
Score:
Review by: Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, May 2009
Merchant Prince steals the show! , October 2008
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
High praise for Campbells Fortifieds
Review by: Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, Taste Food and Wine, October 2006

 

$120.00 per bottle


CLOSURE
Screw Cap

WINEMAKER
Colin Campbell

COLOUR
Rich, deep brown with olive green rim.

BOUQUET
Intense raisin fruit with nutty rancio complexity, which only comes from very lengthy maturation in oak casks.

PALATE
The ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate. Complex nutty flavours flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes.

GRAPE VARIETY
Muscat a Petit Grains Rouge (also known as Rutherglen Brown Muscat)

GROWING REGION
All fruit from Campbells own Rutherglen vineyards.

% ALCOHOL
18.0%

 

 

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