Muscat Rutherglen Victoria
You can travel down Barkly Street Rutherglen and not even notice the tiny little winery housed in a collection of corrugated iron sheds, yet Chambers Rosewood are internationally renowned. Afficianados of Australian fortifieds could easily be forgiven for not realising that some of the world's finest Muscat are produced here. This small, family operation was established by William Chambers in 1858 and has operated as a winery continuously ever since, long enough for the sixth generation of Chambers to make wine here.
The unirrigated vines, many of which are over eighty years old, yield meagre harvests of parched little berries with a wonderful concentration of rich flavours. The rare, ancient Cuvees employed for ageing Chambers Rosewood date back to soleras from the 1890s. Assembled around a precious stock of 1960s vintage base wines, Grand Muscat is crafted to be incredibly intense, rich and smoky, with black cherry, rancio and anis jaffa flavours. Those who are lucky enough to experience Chambers Rosewood, say that the wines leave indelible memories.