Classic Liqueur Rutherglen Muscat

Rutherglen

Morris of Rutherglen

For over 155 years, the Morris family have earned their position as one...

of the most prominent winemaking families in Australia, with their name being synonymous with ‘Liqueur Muscat’ for many years. Today, David Morris, the fifth generation of the family to run the winery, ensures the Morris name remains one of Australia’s most respected.

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Vineyards

Located in the Rutherglen region of North East Victoria, Morris of Rutherglen have 80 hectares of easterly facing vineyards which are planted on red loam over red/yellow poldzotic clay soils. The red loam helps produce wines with greater flavour and richness. The vineyards gently slope, with the earlier budburst varieties being planted on the higher slopes, and the later budburst varieties on the lower slopes around 175 metres above sea level. The vines are grown on a single wire trellis 900mm high and are hand-pruned using the rod and spur method, relying only on natural rainfall. This produces lower-cropping vines that offer fruit of high sugar levels and concentrated flavours.

Vinification

The grapes were selected for hand harvesting between 15 to16 baume. Once in the winery, the grapes were crushed and allowed to start fermentation. Once the desired baume level was reached, pressing occurred, and a high strength neutral spirit was added to arrest fermentation, before being transferred into casks for maturation. At blending, a selection of wines from different vintages were chosen, each contributing special characteristics to make a wine with complexity; age, youthfulness, freshness of flavour and consistency of style.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, the wine has a deep brown core with an amber rim. The nose opens with a rich, yet fresh bouquet of rose petals, preserved fruit and nuts. Luscious flavours of sweet spices and dried fruit fill the mouth with a long finish, hinting of oak. It is captivating for its rich and intense flavour. With an average age of around eight years, the Classic Muscat has freshness and varietal character balanced by subtle age complexity from time in barrel.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 97% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
1% Muscat d`Alexandria
1% Syrah/Shiraz
1% Durif
Region Rutherglen, Victoria
Winemaker David Morris
Alcohol (ABV) 17.5%
Acidity 3.4g/l
Residual Sugar 281g/l
Wine pH 3.97