In search of Muscat
Sweet South Africa Wines
Erheben wir unser Glas, denn es ist Zeit zu feiern. Every year on 9 May, we celebrate Muscatel Wine Day (Moscatel).
Here we present some of the most important facts so that you can see Muscat wine with different eyes. Are you ready?
What is Muscat?
Sometimes the name is also attributed to the perfumed scent of the variety. The word comes from Persian («muchk») and Latin («muscus»).
What is a muscatel wine?
Muscat wine or Moscato is a wine made from very ripe, sun-ripened muscat grapes. Muscat is the collective term for muscat varieties of the Weintraube and their varieties, crosses or new varieties with Muskateller participation and unrelated grape varieties.
Muscat in South Africa
Yes, in the South African regions, Muscat has a turbulent history. From 1815 to 1821 Constantia, the first wine farm in the small region of the same name in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town, Napoleon Bonaparte every year 1,126 litres of their sweet dessert wine made from Yellow Muscat, which is called Hanepoot here.
According to legend, Napoleon even asked for a glass of Constantia wine on his deathbed.
And here you have the wines you should try from Muscat.
Muscat 1769 – süsswein – 2020
5 Stars by Platter’s
On the nose, some citrus blossom before orange, apricot, caramel and some spice. On the palate, it has great depth of flavour, an oily texture and a soft but sufficient acidity.
Muscat 1769 – 50cl – 2020
Blanc de Noir Rosé – 2020
The nose has a complex note of red berry fruits. The wine is beautifully salmon-coloured and its aroma is varied: red berry fruits and strawberries in particular. It is fresh, crisp and balanced.
Blanc de Noir Rosé – 2020
CHF 11.90 instead of 14.90
Vin de Hel – Muscat Late Harvest – 2019
4 Stars by Platter’s
A golden dessert wine with very typical Muscat characters on the nose. The wine shows aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits, apricots, a hint of honey and subtle floral notes in the foreground. The palate is lush with a perfect balance between sweetness and fresh acidity.
Vin de Hel – Muscat Late Harvest – 37.5cl – 2019
CHF 13.90 instead of 17.50
Chenin D’Muscat Noble Late Harvest – 2018
94 Points by Tim Atkin
Powerful apricot aromas on the nose and palate. Honeyed richness with ripe tropical flavours, pear drops and lingering nutmeg spice on the palate.
Chenin D’Muscat Noble Late Harvest – 37.5cl – 2018
Have you already tried one of these wines? If you would like to recommend a particular product, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment.
All prices in CHF incl. VAT. Daily price from 29.04.2022.
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