• Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen

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Pfeiffer Classic Rutherglen Topaque

Rich, luscious and silky smooth, with a fullness of fruit that slides across the palate. 500ML
Normal Price: $29.00
Wine Club Price: $26.10
Description
Grapes Muscadelle

Vintage Average Age 10 years old

Seal Screw Cap

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
94/100 "Remarkable how different this is to the base 'Rutherglen' release. It's like moving over to a different flavour chart. This is malty, honeyed in a leather wood way, volatile, and as much green tea as black. Overall intensity kicks up a level too. Elegance takes a back seat to personality."

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018
95/100

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2017
95/100

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
94/100

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
94/100

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
91/100

Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, August 2013 Edition
93/100

Peter Bourne, Food And Wine Match - Treacle Tart, Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, August/September 2012 Issue
A classic British dessert with a classic Australian fortified. For over 100 years the wine folk of Rutherglen have been fortifying a minor Bordeaux white grape variety, muscadelle, to create liqueur topaque – a lush, smooth and unctuous dessert wine. Treacle, sugar and fresh cream, ingredients that are natural partners for in this rich caramel and cold tea flavoured fortified while its earthy rancio complexity acts as a natural foil for the nutty oatmeal. A harmonious match.

Ben Knight, Drop By Degrees, Melbourne Times Weekly, 11th July 2012
Nothing really compares to the fortified wines of Rutherglen. I love most fortified styles, but our north-east Victorian producers have the magic touch. This is the Classic Topaque from Pfeiffer in Rutherglen. (Note that the packaging of the Rutherglen Topaque and the Classic Topaque are very similar). The colour has that lovely tawny brassy mahogany shine as it wobbles in the glass. The smell is enough to make you smile. It evokes memories of baking, richness and sweet things. But it is more complex than that. This classic topaque, with an average age of 10 years, rolls out the flavours. It has a nose of honey and burnt toffee, the texture of silk and sweetness, then a nutty character, toast and a final dried fig and more deep raisin flavours. If Australia stopped making every wine except Rutherglen fortified, we would still be world beaters.

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012
91/100

Alex Berry, Winemaker Jen Follows In Father's Footsteps, Weekend News, 8th June 2011
With the average age of 10 years but with some older material of 50 years old skilfully blended, this Topaque is overloaded with outstanding medals and Trophy’s that would make our Australian Swimming team blush with envy. The bouquet is exquisitely complex and aromatic. It’s luscious and rolls over the tongue with intense honey and malty butterscotch flavours lingering for what seems like and eternity after you’ve swallowed it. Versatile to share with chocolate by the fire or with your best friend.

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010
94/100

Tim White, The Australian Financial Review, August 2005
97/100
Smells of cold tea, reduced berries, figs and dates, and preserved citrus. Excellent texture on the palate: rich and tongue-coating but with vitality. There’s treacle, toffee, glace figs and it finishes with caramel smoky mouth-aromas. Divine.

US Wine and Spirit Magazine, Winter 2004
100 BEST WINES in the world

US Wine and Spirit Magazine, January/February 2004
94/100 Brilliant spice infuses this complex, sumptuous wine. Between its dark date and long, nut-scented flavors, this is a knock out. As the flavors trail off, it ends completely clean, balanced for an almond tart or savory desserts made from macadamia nuts.

Donna Hay Magazine, Fall 2004
This wine’s thick texture leads to some toasted flavours that balance its weight. A glass in front of an open fire with a bowl of cashews and spiced ginger seems totally appropriate.

Awards TROPHY: Brisbane Fine Wine Festival 2009
TROPHY: Wagga Wine Show 2006
TOP 100 Wines in World US Wine & Spirit 2004
TOP 100 Wines Australian Wine Vintages 2010
TOP GOLD: Brisbane Fine Wine Festival 2009
TOP GOLD: Wagga Wine Show 2006
GOLD: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016
GOLD: Riverina Wine Show 2013
GOLD: Australian Wine Showcase Magazine 2013
GOLD: Victorian Wines Show 2011
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2018
SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2018
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2018
SILVER: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017
SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2017
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2016
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2015
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2014
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2013
SILVER: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2013
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2013
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2012
SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2012
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2011
SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2011
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2009
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2009
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2008
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2008
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2008
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2007
SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2007
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2006
SILVER: Boutique Wine Awards 2004
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2004
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2004
SILVER: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2004
SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2003
SILVER: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2003
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2003
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2018
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Riverland Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Victorian Wines Show 2017
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Victorian Wines Show 2016
BRONZE: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2016
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2016
BRONZE: Riverland Wine Show 2015
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2015
BRONZE: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2015
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2014
BRONZE: Victorian Wines Show 2014
BRONZE: Australian Small Winemakers Show 2014
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2014
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2013
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2013
BRONZE: Victorian Wines Show 2012
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2012
BRONZE: Cairns Wine Show 2010
BRONZE: Riverland Wine Show 2010
BRONZE: Hot Climate Wine Show 2010
BRONZE: Cairns Wine Show 2008
BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2008
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2006
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2005
 
Winemakers
Comments
Each year Rutherglen Topaque grapes are harvested at high sugar levels. This wine is then transferred into barrels and casks of different volumes for several years (anything between 5 and 50 years). These parcels of varying ages are then blended together prior to bottling to create the perfect balanced wine, for drinking now.

Our Classic Rutherglen Topaque contains classic aromas of honey and malt.  The palate is wonderfully rich and slides across the tongue, lingering long after the final sip.
  
Partners "A glass in front of an open fire with a bowl of cashews and spiced ginger seems totally appropriate!" - Donna Hay Magazine

Cellar With and average age of 12years, enjoy now.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res Sugar 231.3 g/L
pH 3.82
TA 4.8 g/L
Alcohol 17.5% v/v