Tasting Notes - top 5 muscats and tokays from Rutherglen region

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Choose the right wine every time - Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

Choose the right wine every time - Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

It's a short list, but it's a great list. Here are the best tokay and muscats from the Rutherglen region according to the authors of Taste Food and Wine 2008, Tyson Stelzer and Matthew Jukes.

Campbells Rutherglen Tokay NV $20
Crunchy butterscotch, burnt toffee, the ‘sunroof’ on a crème brûlée and any other ridiculously decadent really sweet thingy are all wedged into this wine. Australians think they know what amber nectar is. This actually is Aussie amber nectar! The length on the palate and phenomenal value for money make this the greatest value fortified wine of the year. Also try Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV ($20, same stockists) for an even more gloopy and figgy treat.

Baileys of Glenrowan Founder Liqueur Muscat NV $20
 Wicked value! This is the classic coffee and chocolate truffle combination wine that we have all been looking for. The old mahogany colour is enlivened with high-tone raspberry bush hues and awesome burnt sugar flavours. This is a full-sized bottle, and it looks and tastes expensive, so you’re in for a real treat.

Campbells Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV $42
There’s real balance here. All in all it’s the most balanced sweetie in our list – flavour, price, bottle design – it’s got it all. It says on the back that it should be splashed over ice, but we prefer splashing it over girlfriends (oops!).

Campbells Grand Rutherglen Tokay NV $65
This is every chocolate cake that any favourite granny has ever made in a glass. Its heroic intensity leaves an oil slick of decadence on your palate. Surrender to the power of the dark side. Your feeble skills are no match for this wicked wine from Dark Lord Colin Campbell.

Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat NV $105
This wine would floor a stegosaurus! You can invert your glass and none will come out, it’s so unctuous. People say a wine has a long finish, but when you put this in your mouth, all the wines you thought had a long finish suddenly seem pretty short. Waves of dramatic, white-knuckle flavour crash onto the palate and it is hard to concentrate during the cacophonous action. Let’s adjourn to somewhere more comfortable because we think it is illegal to enjoy this wine while vertical.


Reproduced with permission. © Copyright Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer 2008

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  • Legends, Wine and High Country (NE Victoria) (VIC)
  • North East Victoria (VIC)
  • Rutherglen (VIC)

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