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Muscat Blanc, Rustenberg

Ripe Muscat Blanc grapes are harvested at high sugar levels, fortified with neutral grape spirit to preserve the natural flavours and sugars without any fermentation. This very stable sweet wine can be aged for many decades under ideal cellaring conditions and will become richer and more concentrated over time.

A rich sweet wine with beautiful texture; exhibiting aromas and flavours of candied pineapple, mango, papaya, marmalade & spice.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

218.5 g/L

pH

3.79

ACIDITY

3.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Muscat

HARVEST DATE

March 2021

BOTTLED DATE

October 2021

FINED USING

Bentonite & Isinglass

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 Muscat Blanc grapes, are harvested at high sugar levels, crushed and allowed skin contact for 36 hours before a gentle pressing and then 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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