Deep, brilliant old gold. Lifted toffee, honey and cold tea characters combine to produce the unique character of Rutherglen Topaque. Toffee and tealeaf characters predominate on the front of the palate with a cleansing hint of spirit and old oak on the finish.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Deep gold, sweet and syrupy, featuring caramelized pineapple, burnt marshmallow and gentle spice flavors that play out with finesse. Muscadelle. Drink now.—H.S. (Jan 25 2012)
Wine Advocate 93 points - Best Buys from Australia. "The average age of Campbells' luxury blends is around 50 years, and the less expensive offerings are between 5-30 years of age. These stunning cuvees represent good values for what they are. The non-vintage Tokay (Muscadelle) reveals a lighter amber color in addition to burnt/roasted notes of camphor, scorched earth, prunes, figs, caramel, and marmalade. Its full-bodied sweetness is beautifully balanced by acidity (Oct 2004)
Wine Spectator 90 points - Light tawny in color, beguiling for its sweet, spicy, generous range of flavors, offering dried apricot, pear and vanilla notes with touches of exotic spice as they echo effortlessly. Drink now. 500 cases imported. (Mar 31 2004)
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Topaque (previously known as Tokay) must be one of Rutherglen’s best kept secrets. Sweet, luscious, complex and elegant it is a wine usually served as an after dinner digestive but is equally at home accompanying a range of dessert options as well as full flavoured cheeses. It can provide an interesting alternative when served chilled as a pre-dinner aperitif or in the place of Oloroso sherry with a rich winter soup.
In what must be the wine industries longest running case of mistaken identity the wine was known for more than 150 years as Rutherglen Tokay. Pioneering winemakers in Rutherglen thought they were growing one of the grape varieties used to make the famed dessert wines of Tokai in Hungary, and anglicised the term to Tokay. It was not until 1976 when French ampelographer, Paul Truel visited the Rutherglen region that he positively identified the variety as muscadelle, a small but important French variety used in the production of Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac.
In 2005, Hungary claimed Intellectual Property rights to the name Tokay and since then the Australian wine industry commissioned a research project to identify alternative names for its much loved tokay, headed by chairman of the Rutherglen Muscat and Tokay network Colin Campbell. Five years on, Topaque has been officially registered as the new name for Tokay. The name was a natural extension of the word Topaz, intentionally conveying all of the same precious attributes as the golden stone - rich and golden in hue, a wine associated with beauty and rarity, with an equally rich, indulgent flavour to match.
Whilst stylistically similar to the more famed Rutherglen Muscat, Topaque is generally lighter in colour (being produced from a white variety) and produces wines with an incredible spectrum of flavours, ranging from sweet citrus fruits, through to toffee, butterscotch, honeycomb, and even cold tea. Like any quality fortified the first impression is overwhelmingly luscious and viscous but as you let it trickle back over your palate the various flavours become apparent, leaving your mouth with a pleasant warming sensation that lasts for minutes.
Wine maker notes
Each vintage the topaque grapes are left on the vine to fully ripen until raisined and laden with natural sugar. The resulting wine is then blended with wines from previous vintages to produce a consistent house style. This wine contains portions from a number of vintages over several years.
Blended for optimum flavour and balance prior to bottling, this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening. A heavenly match with honeycomb ice cream, fruit based desserts, soft cheeses, chilled as an aperitif or as an after dinner drink with coffee.
Situated entirely within the defined Rutherglen Wine Region, our vineyards total approximately 64 hectares (160 acres) of trialled and proven varieties. Rutherglen’s warm and dependable climate is, in many ways similar to the Rhone region of France and it comes as no surprise that the Rhone specialties of Shiraz (known as Syrah in France) and Durif prosper here.
Pride in the past and a commitment to the future by the Campbell Family today is evident with the 4th generation brothers Malcolm (viticulturist) and Colin (winemaker), who together with their wives Jenny and Prue and their mother Isabel, own and operate Campbells Wines. They have been joined by the fifth generation. Susan, daughter of Colin and Prue is our Marketing Manager and her sister Julie provides valuable input into our winemaking team. Since graduating with Honours in Oenology from Adelaide University in 2000 Julie has pursued her passion for shiraz (and languages) around the globe.
At Campbells, we are in a unique and privileged position. We have over four generations of winemaking knowledge, decades of aged stocks and some of the most modern winemaking technology available. This allows us to not only skillfully manage our ancient soleras to produce our Rutherglen Muscats and Tokays, but to capture the pure natural grape flavours of Rutherglen varieties and express them fully in our reds and whites.