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Muscat d’Alexandrie

Muscat d’Alexandrie

Varietal: 100%  Muscat d’Alexandrie
Appellation: Western Cape
Trellising: Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Soil Type: Silty Dundee , Quaternary Alluvial deposits
Yield: 9 tons/hectare
Alcohol: 11.0%
VA: 0.99 g/lt
TA: 6.1  g/lt
pH: 3.59
SO2:  32 parts per million
RS: 91.4  g/L
UPC: 6009679890428

Made with organically grown grapes
Gluten-free
Vegan-friendly

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IDEA
A dessert wine with a South African twist. The sweet Muscat grapes have been sun dried on organic Rooibos (“Red Bush”) tea leaves (a tea native to South Africa), Vin de Paille style. The idea is to gently infuse the naturally caffeine and tannin -free tea with the grapes during the drying, without adding tea to the must. The grapes are dried to 50 % moisture-loss, lying on the tea before crushing and de-stemming. This creates a truly unique one-of-a-kind wine that is like a little sip of Heaven here on Earth.

RATINGS

  • 89 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2009
  • Gold Medal & Best in Class – International Wine Challenge (London, 2010)
  • Silver Medal & Best in Class – Dallas Morning News, 2008
  • Gold Medal – Veritas Wine Competition 2008, 2009
  • Best Organic wine – Nedbank Green wine Challenge 2010

TASTING NOTES
A superb dessert wine, light-to-medium gold in color. The nose is very fragrant and hints at roses, apricots and honey on a hot windless day. The delicate flavors of the roses and apricots come through on the palate and are held together by wisps of Rooibos tea, ending with pine nuts. This wine has good acidity that prevents a cloying sweetness and allows for a clean finish.

PAIRING
Great with rich cheeses, apple pie, vanilia ice-cream or just on the rocks under the stars.

CELLARING
This sweet one will keep in the cellar and improve with age over the next 7 – 10 years. As with many Muscat wines, the deeper and darker gold color as it ages, the better.

VINEYARDS
Along the Olifants river valley on the West coast, between the town of Trawal (Stellar) and Vredendal.  Pristine weather for organic viticulture with an annual average temprature of 77° F and less than 7 days of cloud cover. Total annual rain fall of less than 8” but unlimited water from an aqueduct for irrigation.  30 – 68 meters above sea level. Over 900 snail-eating ducks are the only pesticides allowed.

BEHIND THE CELLAR DOOR
Along the Olifants river valley on the West coast, between the town of Trawal (Stellar) and Vredendal. Pristine weather for organic viticulture with an annual average temprature of 77° F
and less than 7 days of cloud cover. Total annual rain fall of less than 6” but unlimited water from an aqueduct for irrigation. 20 – 50 meters above sea level. Over 900 snail-eating ducks are the only pesticides allowed.

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