Muscat

NV Rutherglen Muscat (375ml)

Per Bottle
$19.00
Case Of 6
$114.00

Muscat is ideal as an aperitif, and especially serves well with chocolates. For a decadent dessert treat, place a bottle in the freezer, let it become syrupy and drizzle over ice-cream as a delicious topping, sprinkle with chopped praline.

Up to 5 years

Muscat [muhs-kat]

 
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Vintage Conditions

Not applicable.

 

Muscat is a sumptuous, rich, fortified wine that has been produced in Australia (particularly in the Rutherglen region) since the 1850s. Rutherglen Muscat styles are made from the variety Muscat a Petit Grains (Brown), which means ‘Muscat with small berries’. The term ‘fortified’ is derived from the Latin ‘fortis’ meaning strong. Fortified wines are so called because the addition of spirit strengthens the wine and raises the alcohol level, the spirit can also contribute distinctive characters to the finished wine.
Winemakers in Rutherglen have been making this luscious fortified dessert style of wine for 150 years. The style and the region are renowned for this world class and iconic wine style. Muscats of Rutherglen are non-vintage wines, as they are blends of wines from different vintages. Most often blended via
the traditional ‘solera’ system, some Muscats of Rutherglen may actually contain wine of almost 100 years of age. Muscats of Rutherglen have their own recognised classification system, whereby producers taste and ‘classify’ each others wines based on age, intensity of varietal character, concentration and particular characters. There are four tiers in the classification system: Rutherglen, Classic, Grand and Rare Muscats.

Tasting Notes

The Rutherglen Estates ‘Rutherglen Muscat’ is elegant, luscious and fresh, with an average age prebottling of 3 to 5 years. It is showing lively bright raisin, floral and toffee aromas. The palate is soft and almost delicate for this style of wine. The palate is showing ripe almonds, toffee and a clean spirit that is well integrated. The back palate does have underlying darker characters but is well kept by the overlying lusciousness. The core is still perfectly in line with the internationally celebrated Rutherglen fortified Muscat however in this case we offer a modern slightly more refined version. Not only suited
to keeping you warm on a cold Winters night, this Muscat will pair well with a variety of diverse deserts and occasions!

Winemaking

Rutherglen is the ideal region for making this style of wine because of its long, dry ripening season, allowing the grapes to soundly develop incredibly high sugar levels and degrees of raisining. The grapes are harvested, crushed, then allowed to soak on skins so that all the sugar and rich flavours are extracted from the skins and into the juice. A small degree of fermentation may or may not be encouraged while the juice is ‘on skins’, depending on the level of sugar, but after the fruit is pressed, the juice is ‘fortified’ with neutral grape spirit, and the finished wine is then aged in old oak barrels. The wine in the bottle is then blended from barrels of different age.

Wine Detail & Analysis

Variety: Muscat a Petit Grains (Brown)
Region: Rutherglen, North East Victoria
Alcohol 17%
Oak treatment: barrel ageing for between 3-5 years
Total acid 3.6g/L
pH 4.33
Residual sugar 290g/L

Please note some sediment may remain due to minimal filtration.


Additional Information

Weight 0.375 kg
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 35 cm
Quantity

x Case 6, Per Bottle, Case of 3, Case of 6, Case of 12, Case of 24