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1932 Old Vine Muscat of Alexandria, Rustenberg

This wine has been made using a centuries-old process of fortifying grape juice in order to produce a sweet dessert style wine with age potential. Planted in 1932 on the banks of the Nel’s river in Calitzdorp, the single vineyard is registered with the South African Old Vine Project.

A balanced sweet wine with beautiful freshness & texture; exhibiting aromas and flavours of pineapple, litchi, melon, jasmine & spice

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

180.4 g/L

pH

3.55

ACIDITY

3.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Muscat d'Alexandrie

HARVEST DATE

March 2021

BOTTLED DATE

October 2021

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Calitzdorp

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2021 vintage was produced with the challenges of COVID-19 ever present. The winter of 2020 started late after a warm autumn and was cold with plenty of rain. The cool and wet conditions extended well into spring, through summer and much of the harvest season. The result of these conditions was slow, steady, stress free vineyard growth and fruit development. White grape yields were lower than average due to the impact of the weather during critical stages in fruit development. The white wines from the vintage ripened two weeks later than in 2020 and achieved full ripeness at lower sugar levels; producing wines with lower alcohols, excellent acidity and brilliant flavour development.

Vinification details

Ripe grapes are harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and allowed 36 hours skin contact before being pressed gently and the juice fortified with neutral grape spirit without any fermentation. The grape spirit preserves the natural flavours and sugar of the juice while ensuring that no fermentation can take place in the wine.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

 

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