Muscadel is one of the hidden treasures of the wine world, with these sweet dessert wines delighting palates for centuries. Muscadel is one of the oldest grape varieties in South Africa, and is a variety that is capable of being made into delicious wine, as well as being served in its whole fruit state as table grapes. Sadly these wines dropped in popularity for many years.
The wine is made by fortifying grape juice in order to produce a dessert-style wine. Grapes are harvested at high sugar levels, pressed and the juice fortified with neutral grape spirit. This addition preserves the natural flavours of the juice while ensuring that no fermentation can take place in the wine, and also preserving the natural sugar from the grape juice, created a rich, sweet, stable dessert wine. A lot of Muscadel’s are made for early drinking and in their youth have plenty of grapey, musky, floral aromas flavours. But the best ones are allowed to age, often in barrels, and become incredibly complex and interesting. Expect to taste fruit cake, caramel and toffee, roasted nuts, honeyed fruits coming at you in waves as you savour each sip. A truly underrated flavour sensation! Here are some of our well known Muscadels at Platform62, Montagu Winery White Muscadel, Montagu Winery Red Muscadel, Ashton Kelder Red Muscadel, Bon Courage Red Muscadel and many more.
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