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Isabella Rare Rutherglen Topaque (375ml)

The pinnacle – richest & most complex – Limited availability

$120.00 CELLAR CLUB
$108.00

DESCRIPTION

Tasting Notes

Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque.

Wine Making

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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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 through our solera for optimum flavour and balance this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening. The perfect partner with coffee and petit fours or the strongest cheeses. However, to fully appreciate the intensity and myriad of flavours that linger long on the palate, we recommend enjoying it on its own.

Technical

The Grapes: Muscadelle from Campbells Rutherglen vineyards.
Alcohol: 18.0%

Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. 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.
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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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.
Blended through our solera for optimum flavour and balance this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening. The perfect partner with coffee and petit fours or the strongest cheeses. However, to fully appreciate the intensity and myriad of flavours that linger long on the palate, we recommend enjoying it on its own.
The Grapes: Muscadelle from Campbells Rutherglen vineyards.
Alcohol: 18.0%
The dark mahogany and olive rim precedes a mind-blowingly powerful rich and complex wine at the top of the topaque tree. I’m sure this has become even more intense, and more compellingly textured, than previous tastings, yet it isn’t the slightest bit stale. I suppose it’s just the sheer bliss of tasting these wines that causes me to write as if I have not previously encountered them. - 97 points

James Halliday

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