Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat N/V

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 Wine can only be withdrawn from this solera when it matches exactly with the previous withdrawal thus ensuring the quality and consistency of style.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.

 

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Production Info
Vineyard size
30 acres
Soil composition
Red Sandy-Loam
Training method
VSP and Espalier
Elevation
578 feet
Vines/acre
2,750
Yield/acre
2.6 tons
Exposure
Various
Harvest time
March
Bottles produced of this wine
600
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Muscat
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
More than 10 yearse
Length of alcoholic fermentation
5-7 days
Fermentation temperature
60-68 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
2
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
Bottled on demand
Size of aging container
550
Type of oak
French and American
Length of aging before bottling
More than 25 years
Analytical Data
Alcohol
17.5 %

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