It's autumn, the leaves are falling, and there's a chill in the air. This is the time of year when the palate desires sticky sweet dessert wines. Some of the best sticky muscats from the new world come from the Rutherglen region in north eastern Victoria.
The Chambers winery has history, having started over a century and half ago, in 1858, by William Chambers. The grapes used in the Rosewood Rutherglen Old Vine Muscat are 100% Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge and the result is spectacular concentrated wine with complex orange peel, raisin and rose petal aromas. These give way to a warming, luscious palate with a rich texture and a hint of wood spice.
We have combined this great dessert wine with superb handmade artisan chocolates in a pine wood crate, handmade here in Northumberland by a local craftsman.
We enjoyed this wine last weekend in the Lake District, impressing our sweet toothed host with the intense raisin flavours, as we warmed away the autumnal chills by the fire.