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.
- VIC - Other Victorian
Medium brown; has clear-cut varietal character on both the bouquet and palate, with tea leaf, toffee and cake flavours; a delicious balance between youth and full maturity; doesn't cloy. Rating 93 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
As brilliantly balanced and poised as ever, it's concentrated, seamless, persistent, poised and fresh. Apricot jam and marmalade flavours are kept lively by fresh orange rind notes with the aged complexity of rich toffee providing depth.Rating 94 - Wine 100 (JUN/2010)
This is an excellent example of the Rutherglen tokay style. It has the classic fruitcake and milky tea aroma, with plenty of caramel. It suits gentle chocolate desserts.Greg Duncan Powell, Grazia
An inviting toffee/butterscotch and cold tea nose leads on to a silky, voluptuous palate with an oloroso sherry type of rancio and a fresh cut of acidity that really balances the wine and legthens the finish.Sally Gudgeon, Divine Food, Wine & Cigars #41 (DEC/2005)
Winery Tasting Notes
Rutherglen Topaque (Muscadelle) 100%
Rich aroms of cold tea leaf, toffe, honey and citrus.
Intense and mouthfilling. Malt and toffee combine with rancio characters providing a wine of power and complexity with a luscious yet clean finish.
Perfect with fresh fruit, sticky date pudding or freshly brewed coffee and fine chocolates.
No need for further cellaring, the wine is at its peak when bottled.
Topacque was previously known as Tokay. 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.