Made from Muscadelle grapes, it’s a rich and complex yet balanced wine that’s traditionally lighter and finer in style than Rutherglen Muscat, with flavours of candied fruit, honey and toffee, and a distinctive cold-tea character.
Topaque was previously known as Tokay, but its name in Australia was changed to avoid confusion with Hungary’s Tokaji wines.
It’s produced in a similar way to Muscat of Rutherglen, with the grapes left on the vine to develop optimal levels of sugar concentration, before being harvested, crushed, fermented, fortified and matured in oak barrels.
Some wineries perform a fermentation on skins, while others ferment the juice alone. Rutherglen Topaque also uses the same classification system as Muscat, with wines classified as Rutherglen Topaque, Classic, Grand or Rare.
Golden through to deep brown-black with olive hues
Cold tea leaf, toffee, honey, citrus, quince, candied fruits, butterscotch
Toffee, honey, cold tea, malt, walnut
Medium- to full-bodied
Low, with no obvious oak characters
Low to medium
Late March to the end of April
With its rich flavours, complexity and silky palate, Rutherglen Topaque pairs well with a range of dishes. Younger styles are ideal as an aperitif while aged Topaques are a great partner to richer desserts. It can be served on its own at room temperature or over ice, or used in cocktails