Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscadelle

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscadelle
Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia

Muscadelle. Not the same grape as the Loire's Muscadet. Nor is it related to the Muscat family -- although Muscadelle does show some gorgeous floral character.

This Muscadelle comes from the Rutherglen region of Victoria, Australia. The process of vinification is fascinating, where the grapes are allowed to semi-raisinate on the vine, before pressing. This grape must, with its concentrated sugars, is then partially fermented and fortified with a neutral spirit. The wine is then aged in a series of barrels, where it is fractionally blended with older wine. This creates a consistent style over many years, where the older wines impart amazing flavors into the younger wine. So what sort of a wine does this long, intricate process create? A delicious one...

Review: This wine is a rich amber color, with pronounced aromas of figs, dried apricots, and honey. On the palate it is lusciously sweet and viscous, with spirity alcohol and moderate acidity. I has wonderfully rich flavors of marmalade, caramel, and sweet spice. The sweet fruit persists for a long finish.

Food Pairing: Perfect by itself after dinner. We paired it with a showing of The Terminator.

Bottom Line: This is a beautiful, sweet, full bodied, balanced wine. And at under $15 for a 375, it's a great value. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • PLACE: Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia
  • GRAPE: Muscadelle
  • AGEING: Oak casks, 6-10 years
  • BOOZE: 18.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now, but will hold for years unopened and for several months once opened
Where did I get it? Riverside Wine and Spirits, Chattanooga, TN
What's the damage? Mid Priced, 375mL

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