#5 NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat: Anyone who has ever tasted Chambers fortified Tokay or Muscat realises the world’s reference point for these wines begins and ends with Chambers.
Established in 1858 by William Chambers and his son Phillip, the Chambers family have been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations.
While the legendary Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who heads up the winemaking team after taking over the operation in 2001.
He is continuing the tradition of producing highly prized fortified wines such as Muscat and Muscadelle, which famed wine writer Robert Parker described as “nothing less than national treasures” and “some of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines”.
The first thing you notice on arriving is the impressive array of bottles on the tasting bar, with more than 30 different wines, including many lesser-known wines such as Muscadelle, Blue Imperial (Cinsault) and Roussanne. Look out for a particularly interesting and rare variety called Gouais, a parent plant of Chardonnay, Riesling and as more recently discovered, up to 80 different varieties.
Rosewood’s gnarled old low-yielding vines, many of which are more than 100 years old, yield fruit brimming with highly concentrated flavours for their world-renowned wine styles.
This small winery is truly a treasure and not to be missed.