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 Muscat 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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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 Muscats of Rutherglen are considered the "World’s Richest Wines" and bear a mark of authenticity – an oval logotype with a stylised "R" – which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great Muscat vineyards of the region. The "Muscat of Rutherglen" trademark assures the highest quality of wine exclusively sourced from the Rutherglen Wine Region.
Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. The ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate. Complex nutty flavours flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes.
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.