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The Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat (375ml)

The pinnacle – richest & most complex – Limited availability

$120.00 CELLAR CLUB
$108.00

DESCRIPTION

Tasting Notes

Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Intense raisin fruit with nutty ‘aged oak’ complexity, which only comes from very lengthy maturation in oak casks.

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 Muscat 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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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 richest chocolate. 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: Muscat a petit grains rouge (locally known as Rutherglen Brown Muscat) from Campbells Rutherglen vineyards.
Alcohol: 18.0%

Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Intense raisin fruit with nutty ‘aged oak’ 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.
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 Muscat 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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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 richest chocolate. 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: Muscat a petit grains rouge (locally known as Rutherglen Brown Muscat) from Campbells Rutherglen vineyards.
Alcohol: 18.0%
Wines of this intensity can be a life-changing experience. If it were any thicker or denser it would be impossible to pour. It has might but it also has glory: it packs bags of tarry, toffeed, burnt fruits and honeyed flavours, but it still manages to skip through the palate at a speed more youthful wines often cannot manage. Few wines, the world over, come as guaranteed to impress as this does. - 96 points

James Halliday

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