Campbells Merchant Prince Muscat 375ml
The Campbell’s are a fourth generation winemaking family dedicated to continuing a tradition begun in 1870, of producing premium quality wines that refl ect the distinctive characteristics of the Rutherglen region. Drawing on their intimate knowledge of the region the Campbells can ensure that they grow grapes of the highest quality. The result is traditional styles of wines with fi nesse and a subtle use of oak complementing the full fruit full avours.
Considered the “World’s Richest Wines”, the Muscats of Rutherglen bear the mark of authenticity, only applied to the great Muscat vineyards of the region. Campbell’s ‘house style’ is complex and elegant, capturing a rich purity of raisin fruit flavours. Walnut, dark chocolate, ground coffee bean, vanilla and nutty rancio characters dominate this succulent drop. A brilliant partner to strong cheeses, plum pudding or as an after dinner drink with coffee.
Assembled from barrels of base wine and earlier blends sixty+ years of age, laid down by the forebears of the family which is fortunate to be custodian of some of Australia's most ancient stocks. Fruit is left to ripen on the vine until as late as possible to ensure the equisite luscious qualities. Juice is fermented for only a very short time before fortified with neutral spirit and stored in oak to mature. Only the very best fruit from the finest vintages is used in the blend. The fortified cellar remains the domain of ancient barrels gently nurturing their precious contents for decade upon decade of ageing to mellow maturity. No need for cellaring, released at it's peak,
Colour is a rich, deep brown with olive green rim. Bouquet is intense, raisin fruit with nutty rancio complexity, which only comes from very lengthy maturation in oak casks. Palate keeps giving and giving, a texture like plush-lined coffee ice cream, the ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate, the Merchant Prince is infused by a raft of toffee, maple syrup and caramel characters. Complex nutty flavours flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes. This wine may be enjoyed with coffee and petit fours, or the richest of Belgian chocolate, but its myriad of flavours and lingering palate warrant real appreciation on its own
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