This classification is rare by name and by nature. The grapes are left late in the season to achieve optimum ripeness, ensuring maximum fruit flavour and a high degree of natural sweetness. Only selected parcels of premium fruit made to the strictest criteria can be added to the Rare Rutherglen Topaque solera. Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style. As with any blended wine, it is difficult to specify an exact age. The oldest base wine is well over 70 years old, with only wines of the highest standard from excellent vintages being added to this outstanding solera.
The Topaques of Rutherglen bear a mark of authenticity – an oval logotype with a stylised "R" – which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great vineyards of the region. The "Topaque of Rutherglen" trademark assures the highest quality of wine exclusively sourced from the Rutherglen Wine Region.
Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque. There is a real lusciousness and weight on the palate with full, mellow honeyed flavours, lingering complex rancio characters and drying tannins on the finish to balance the sweetness and prevent it from cloying.
This wine has achieved optimum flavour and balance during the aging process in solera and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening.
The perfect partner with coffee and petit fours or the strongest cheeses. However, it is recommended on its own to fully appreciate the intensity and myriad lingering flavors.