The 6th generation of the Chambers family to make wine in the Rosewood winery, Stephen, took over the winemaking in 2001...
This venerable winery, started in 1858 by William Chambers, is one of the most fabled in Rutherglen. This charming, northeastern Victorian town, the sort of place that time forgot, still speaks of the gold rush that led to the town‘s foundation, and the development of the wine industry, in the 1850s.
Winemaking has been subtly changed in recent years in order to make fresher, cleaner wines. The average age of the blend is four years, an average that has increased in the last couple of years as new vineyards have come into production.
Chambers make distinctive yet classical wines from their 50 hectares of vineyards. The vineyards are located on gently sloping land in Rutherglen with red duplex soil over clay, within just one kilometre radius of the winery. The vines are hand pruned to a rod and spur system which allows each vine to be viewed on an individual basis. The trellising system is a single wire with a sprawling canopy. The grapes are hand harvested.
After picking the grapes were processed through a destemmer/crusher and the must placed in closed stainless steel fermentation tank. Minimal alcoholic fermentation (between 1% and 3%) took place on the skins. The darker skinned Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge (a mutation of Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc) undergoes minimal minimal skin contact. Fermentation is stopped when the alcohol reaches between 14.5 and 15.5 Baume (potential alcohol) by adding neutral grape spirit. Upon settling, the wine is racked off gross lees and placed into old oak casks (from 10 to 100 years old, and from 225 litres all the way up to 5000 litres in size) until required for blending. The wines were kept as single vintage and vineyard blocks until blending. The average age of the blend is four years.
The Rutherglen Muscat is typically tawny red in colour with aromas of rose petals, raisins and dried fruit. These characters carry through to the palate, balanced with fresh acidity and the strength of its alcohol content. The resulting wine is unctuous and rich yet zesty and balanced.
95% Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge
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