Rutherglen has a long established record for making the finest examples of Muscat in Australia, if not the world. The 'Rare' designation is reserved for exceptional material dating over 100+ years of age. They are renowned for their aromatic complexity and full, deep flavours and rich texture. The tiny family-owned Chambers Rosewood Winery has collected a string of awards since it was first established in 1858.
The wine is now made by sixth generation family member Stephen Chambers, who took over the reins from his famous father Bill. Through the extended solera aging process (fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years), the wine is relatively stable to changes and ready to drink now. Bill Chambers and son Stephen, head up the winemaking team at Chambers Rosewood at Rutherglen in Victoria's for their highly prized Muscats, Tokays and fortified wines. The "Rare" fortified wines are nothing less than national treasures, with famed wine writer Robert Parker writing "these are some of the world's most remarkable dessert wines." and regularly rewarding them with perfect scores of 100 points.