Campbells 'Classic' Rutherglen Muscat Nv 500Ml

  • Intense and totally unique from decades of maturation
  • Concentrated, complex, seamless, persistent, poised and fresh
  • Definitely worth your time
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  • Tyson Stelzer
    94 points
  • James Halliday
    92 points

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One of the great wine bargains of the world, and one of the most unique Australian wines available


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Grape
    • Mineral
    • Musk
  • Palate
    • Musk stick
    • Pear
    • Rockmelon

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Dessert

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Tyson Stelzer

    "Campbell's Classic is neck-and-neck with Stanton & Killeen's, just across the road, but the style is a world away. There's a feeling of richer depth and greater viscosity here, venturing into territory of roasted nuts, glace peach, honey and complex layers of fruit cake. It retains its life in primary apricot, peach and fig flavours, finishing balanced and long."
  • James Halliday

    ""Spicy/raisiny complexity starting to build; in typical Campbells style, lively, clearly articulated, with good balance and length.""

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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.


The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.


Located within the North East Victoria zone in Victoria, Rutherglen is a wine region situated to the north of Beechworth and to the east of Glenrowan. This wine region is considered the most important fortified wine production area in Australia, producing Muscats and Tokays which are internationally renowned for their exceptional quality and style. Most of the vineyards are located within the northern half of the area, where it is separated by the Murray River from New South Wales. The first vines in Rutherglen were planted during the gold rush era in 1851 and boasts of some of the oldest wineries in the country. Combining old traditions and new technology, Rutherglen has come a long way from its beginnings. The area received official recognition in 1997 when it was accorded GI (Geographical Indication) status.

Today, the wine region uses a variety of grapes for their wines including their famous Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains and Tokay which is used to make the famous fortified wines that Rutherglen is known for. The wines made from Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains are incomparable in depth and complexity. The wine is made by a particular winemaking process which involves a slow and oxidate barrel-ageing procedure that gives out a wide range of flavours including butterscotch, toffee, caramel, sweet spices and tea liquor.

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About the brand Campbell's Wines

Rutherglen township was born during the great gold rushes of the mid-nineteenth century, however the soils and climate of the Rutherglen district proved ideal for cropping, raising livestock and-most importantly- for vines!

One gold miner, John Campbell, a Scottish immigrant heeded the words of Rutherglen's first winegrower who said 'dig gentleman, dig, but not deeper than six inches for there is more gold in the first six inches than there is lower down.' John called his selection “Bobbie Burns” after the nearby gold mine he had worked and by 1870 he had planted the Bobbie Burns Vineyard and established Campbells Rutherglen Wines.

Construction of the cellar was completed in 1885. Succeeding generations of the family have added to and built around the original cellar but the old building still stands as a monument to the founder of Campbells. Disaster struck at the turn of the century when the enormous vineyard plantings of the Rutherglen area were wiped out by the root-sucking aphid, phylloxera.

It was John's son, David Campbell, who was the first to commence replanting to the west of Rutherglen by grafting European wine grape varieties onto phylloxera resistant American rootstocks. Some of these vines were shipped under cool storage through the tropics from France.
In 1933, David's son and third generation winemaker Allen Campbell assumed control of the winery and together with his wife Isabel, built up the winery sale by sale. Until then, wine was sold in bulk lots and Allen commenced selling to wine retailers and private customers in lots as small as two gallons.

In 1961 Allen's older son Malcolm Campbell returned home to manage the pastoral and vineyard side of the property. Younger son Colin returned home in 1968 after gaining the Dookie Diploma of Agriculture and then the Roseworthy Diploma of Oenology, to take his place as winemaker thus becoming the fourth generation Campbell to do so! Together Malcolm and Colin undertook an extensive vineyard replanting program. They introduced sophisticated cooling and fermentation equipment to enable delicate white wines to be made, a first for Rutherglen which was better known for its robust reds and fortified wines.

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