Campbells Muscat 2011, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia

Drunk October 2013


The winery


Brothers Malcolm and Colin are the fourth generation to carry on the Campbell tradition started by their great grandfather John Campbell in Rutherglen in 1870. Together with their wives Jenny and Prue, they have forged a strong reputation for Campbells as a benchmark Rutherglen wine producer. Malcolm is the viticulturist and Colin is winemaker. They have 160 acres of vineyard all within the historic Rutherglen Wine Region.

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Colin says, “Our wines are like our children, we bring them into this world and take great pride and joy in holding their hands and watching them grow”. Malcolm's approach in the vineyard is quite simple, “Quality even at the expense of quantity is our aim. We assist nature, we don't seek to dominate her.”

It all began with the first planting of the original Bobbie Burns Vineyard by John Campbell in the 1870's. John's son David was the first vigneron in the area to replant with Phylloxera-resistant stock. Allen, David's son and father to Colin and Malcolm continued the plantings, using only the best clones to graft on to new rootlings.

The Rutherglen Muscats are are known locally as Rutherglen Brown Muscat though their correct title is "Muscat a Petit Grains Rouge". The wines are classified according to age and complexity from the youthful Rutherglen to the Classic, Grand then the pinnacle Rare – the richest and most complex of all.

The wine

For lovers of dessert wines, another exceptional choice, this time from Australia.  This basic Campbells Muscat delivers amazing butterscotch, toffee, fruit notes on the palate with the nose full of orange and spice. The top of the range Rare bottles must be something special indeed - must get my hands on one.