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
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.