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Red Muscadel, Rustenberg

Rustenberg's Red Muscadel has been made using a centuries-old process of fortifying grape juice in order to produce a dessert-style wine.

Upfront scents of Turkish delight, musk, spice and ripe red fruits follow through to a lush opulent palate balancing the wine's fruit, sweetness and acidity. This very stable sweet wine has the ability to be aged further under ideal cellaring conditions and it will become richer and more concentrated over time.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

226.4 g/L

pH

3.23

ACIDITY

4.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Muscadel

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2019 vintage was a challenging one for the Rustenberg team. While the winter of 2018 was a welcome break from the previous four winters of drought, most vineyards had not fully recovered and produced below average yields. A warm snap in June and a wet spring, coupled with a wetter than average summer harvesting season made 2019 a challenge, with some late harvest thinning or multiple harvests of the same vineyard required to achieve uniformity. Early- and mid-season-ripening varieties performed well, all achieving flavour ripeness at lower alcohol levels, while late-ripening varieties required patience and extended time on the vines, again achieving lower alcohols overall, but creating ripe, structured wines.

Vinification details

Rustenberg’s Red Muscadel has been made using a centuries-old process of fortifying grape juice in order to produce a dessert-style wine. Grapes are harvested at high sugar levels, gently pressed and the juice fortified with neutral grape and twice-distilled brandy spirit. This addition preserves the natural flavours of the juice while ensuring that no fermentation can take place in the wine, also preserving the natural sugar from the grape juice.

Awards

DWWA & IWC: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The palate is nicely balanced with a viscous opening, the acidity nicely judged with marmalade, tangy orange peel and lychee, leading to a lovely honeyed finish. This is delicious.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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Red Muscadel, Rustenberg

Rustenberg's Red Muscadel has been made using a centuries-old process of fortifying grape juice in order to produce a dessert-style wine.

Upfront scents of Turkish delight, musk, spice and ripe red fruits follow through to a lush opulent palate balancing the wine's fruit, sweetness and acidity. This very stable sweet wine has the ability to be aged further under ideal cellaring conditions and it will become richer and more concentrated over time.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

16.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

213.0 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

4.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Muscadel

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

3 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Western Cape

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The cold wet winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards’ dormancy; however an unseasonably cool spring resulted in the vines going into summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

Vinification details

Rustenberg’s Red Muscadel has been made using a centuries-old process of fortifying grape juice in order to produce a dessert-style wine. Grapes are harvested at high sugar levels, gently pressed and the juice fortified with neutral grape and twice-distilled brandy spirit. This addition preserves the natural flavours of the juice while ensuring that no fermentation can take place in the wine, also preserving the natural sugar from the grape juice. Aged for three months in old French oak barrels.

Awards

DWWA 2017: Platinum and ‘Best Value South African Fortified’
IWSC 2017: Gold
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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