PL Award 1: Gold - DWWA 2017 PL Award 2: Gold - SWA 2017
PL Award 3: Silver - IWC 2016 PL Award 4: Silver - DWWA 2016
Country: Australia Region: Victoria Vintage: NV
Category: Wine Color: Red
Producer: Chambers Rosewood
"As the 6th generation of the Chambers family to make wine at the Rosewood winery, Stephen took over the winemaking in 2001. This venerable winery, started in 1858 by William Chambers, is one of the most fabled in Rutherglen. This charming, northeastern Victorian town, the sort of place that time forgot, still speaks of the gold rush that led to the town's foundation, and the development of the wine industry, in the 1850s.
Chambers make distinctive yet classical wines from their 50 hectares of vineyard. The Rutherglen Muscats are made from the darker-skinned Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge variety (a mutation of Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc). Winemaking has been subtly changed in recent years in order to make fresher, cleaner wines. Fermentation is done by vineyard plot in closed stainless steel tanks to preserve the grapes' perfumes. It is then stopped when the must reaches between 14.5 and 15.5 Baumé (potential alcohol) by adding neutral grape spirit. Upon settling, the wine is racked off gross lees and placed into old oak casks (from 10 to 100 years old, and from 225 litres all the way up to 5,000 litres in size) until required for blending. The average age of the Rutherglen Muscat blend is four years, which has increased in the last couple of years as new vineyards have come into production. In exceptional vintages, grapes from Chambers Rosewood's low-yielding centenarian vines are used for the Old Vine Muscat, which is made using a separate, special solera.
The wines, rich and unctuous on the palate yet zesty and balanced on the finish, mingle dried fruit characters with hints of rose petals. These are superb wines to sip on their own, with cheese or with a wide variety of desserts. They are a reminder that Rutherglen produces some of the greatest sweet wines in the world!"
Product Features: Vegan;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Stephen Chambers
Chambers make distinctive yet classical wines from their 50 hectares of vineyards. The vineyards are located on gently sloping land in Rutherglen with red duplex soil over clay, within just one kilometre radius of the winery. The vines are hand pruned to a rod and spur system which allows each vine to be viewed on an individual basis. The trellising system is a single wire with a sprawling canopy. The grapes are machine harvested.
Fruit is harvested in March and April. On arrival in the winery, the grapes are destemmed and the must placed into closed stainless steel fermenters where a short fermentation of between 0.5 to 4% ABV is performed. The must is then pressed using a Willmes airbag press and the fermenting juice is fortified with neutral grape spirit. The resultant wine is then placed into stainless steel tanks for settling. After settling, the wines are aged in old oak casks as individual vintages and vineyards until entry into the Old Vine Solera. The vintage needs to be of a level of quality to enter into this Solera, which is determined by taste.
Complex orange peel, raisin and rose petal aromas give way to a warming, luscious palate with a rich texture and a hint of wood spice. This incredibly concentrated wine finishes slightly lean.
Food Suggestion: Sip on its own or enjoy with cheeses and a variety of desserts.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:19% Acidity [g/l]: 5.4