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Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat, Australia

February 9, 2019

 

 

Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat, Australia

 

 

Waitrose - £12.99 ( ½ bottle)

 

Tasting date - 28/12/2018

 

 

Appearance -Deep amber

 

Nose intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary aroma - Perfumed, grape, blossom

 

Secondary aroma - Raisin, prune, caramel, burnt toffee, vanilla, clove, cinnamon

 

Tertiary aroma - No bottle evolution

 

 

Sweetness - Luscious

 

Acidity - Medium plus

 

Tannin and nature -  None

 

Alcohol - Fortified to a medium level

 

Body - Full

 

 

Intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary flavours -  Perfumed, grape, blossom

 

Secondary flavours - Raisin, prune, caramel, burnt toffee, vanilla, clove, cinnamon

 

Tertiary flavours - No bottle evolution

 

 

Finish - Long Length

 

Quality - Outstanding

 

 

Tasting Logic

 

 

There are only a couple of luscious fortified wines and you need to be able to tell the difference between a PX Sherry and a Rutherglen Muscat, I would suggest getting both and taking advance of their long lifespan, keep them in the fridge and try them over a period of a few weeks.

 

The big difference other is that the appearance of the PX should be a much deeper brown, the Muscat should smell more floral and have a distinct burnt caramel and toffee note that would be more intense than the PX. A PX should remind you more of treacle or molasses.

Be aware of the acidity, it will be deceptively high but feel less due to the amount of sugar.

 

You need to link the production techniques to the style in the glass, think about both heat and oxidation creating the raisin and caramel notes. 

 

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