100 Points - 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."
Only available in cases of six - just £9.50 per bottle
Pale yellow straw color. Fresh aromas of ripe citrus and peach, lead to a soft textured, medium bodied palate. The ripe citrus fruit character is balanced by fresh acidity and moderate alcohol with a lingering finish. 100% Chardonnay..
Grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed avoiding extraction of bitter phenolic characteristics. The juice is left to settle and then sent to stainless steel vats where alcoholic fermentation is carried out by ambient yeast at temperatures that range from 16°C to 20°C. Malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine ages with its fine lees for 6 months.
Medium ruby red in colour, this wine presents complex aromas of red fruit and cherries with notes of violets and forest floor. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied with excellent acidity and very fine tannins, balanced with an intense, fresh fruity note and long finish. This wine can be enjoyed young and has excellent cellaring potential for the next 6 to 8 years.