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Campbells receives a perfect score

A small family-owned winery in Rutherglen has made the first wine in Australia’s history to be awarded the ‘perfect’ score of 100/100 by New York-based Wine Spectator magazine.

Wine Spectator has reviewed more than 11,000 Australian wines over the past 30 years but has never found the ‘perfect’ Australian wine until it awarded the accolade to Campbells' fortified sweet wine, the Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat, last week.

Owner and fourth generation winemaker Colin Campbell says The Merchant Prince represents the pinnacle of Campbells winemaking at Rutherglen.

“It is really my grandfather and father who take the credit for this wine, as they are the generations that made the base wine,” he said.

“It’s due to their foresight that I am fortunate enough to have these incredibly old and special stocks of Muscat to work with today

“The export market has been pretty tough in recent time and this result will certainly create a stir in these markets, particularly in America, and we should see an increase in demand for our wines.”

Campbells is celebrating 140 years of family winemaking this year and is a founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine, a group of 12 wineries combining 1200 years of family and intergenerational winemaking.

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