Chambers Rare Muscadelle (Tokay) 375ml
First established by William Chambers in 1858, the Chambers family has been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations.
While the legendary Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who heads up the winemaking team after taking up the operation in 2001.
He has already established an enviable reputation for himself by continuing the tradition of producing highly prized fortified wines such as the Muscat and Muscdadelle famed wine writer Robert Parker Jr described as "nothing less than national treasures" and "some of the world's most remarkable dessert wines" , often rewarding the rare wines with perfect scores of 100 points.
Dark mahogany; the impact of the wine in the mouth is as extraordinary as that of the Rare Muscat; a micro-sip floods the senses as they go into overdrive trying to capture the myriad interlocking flavours. The everlasting finish and aftertaste is the key to understanding this wine: it is not just the 5% or so of the oldest component (say 90 years), but the 5% of the most youthful (say 5-6 years) that, by the skill worthy of Michelangelo, has given the wine the vibrant freshness drawing you back again and again, but without diminishing its complexity. Rating: 99 Points; Date Tasted: Jan 2014; Alcohol: 18%; James Halliday Wine Companion
At the top level, the Rare Muscadelle (Tokay) boasts a deep amber color along with a rich, sumptuous nose of molasses, brown sugar, and a smorgasbord of spices and flavors, a whopping, unctuous texture, amazing concentration, and a powerful, heady finish. 100/100 Wine Advocate # 168; Dec 2006 Robert Parker
My notes essentially read the same every year, even though the bottlings are non-vintage and I taste the most recent releases. Consistency and greatness are the norm at this Rutherglen winery. The average age is 7-10 years for the regular cuvees, about 70 years for the grand cuvees, and the ancient rare cuvees date back to soleras from 1890. The Muscadelle (Tokay) reveals caramel, toffee, fig, prune, raisiny notes, an incredible, unctuous texture, and amazing zesty acidity which keeps it from being cloying. It is redundant to keep repeating the same tasting notes, so readers will have to take my word for it ... this is one of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines, and is worth every effort to latch on to a half bottle or so. 100/100 Wine Advocate # 161; Oct 2005 Robert Parker
At the top level, the Rare Muscadelle (Tokay) boasts a deep amber color along with a rich, sumptuous nose of molasses, brown sugar, and a smorgasbord of spices and flavors, a whopping, unctuous texture, amazing concentration, and a powerful, heady finish. I have cellared half bottles of these fortifieds for over 15 years, and there has been no degradation of quality during that time. However, once opened, they should be consumed within 3-4 days. My tasting notes are virtually identical each year, and the wines are so special they almost defy accurate description. 99/100 Wine Advocate; Oct 2004 Robert Parker
This non-vintage offering is off any earthly chart in terms of richness and intensity. The major component in these fortifieds dates from 1890. The Rare Muscadelle (Tokay) is a thick, unctuous, brown sugar-imbued fruit bomb revealing notes of balsamic vinegar intermixed with a smorgasbord of heavenly delights including caramel, melted toffee, maple syrup, and Asian spices. It must be tasted to be believed. This singular treasure from Australia should not be missed! 100/100 Wine Advocate # 148; Aug 2003 Robert Parker
Wine Advocate # 143 - Oct 2002 Robert Parker 100/100
Wine Advocate # 135 - Jun 2001 Robert Parker 100/100
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