January 17, 2012

#5 – 101 Australian compact facts

Muscat grapes quietly raisining in the dark.

Muscat has a rather unique & completely luscious history in Australia, it reaches its pinnacle in the region of Rutherglen in Northern Victoria.  In these wines Brown Muscat or Muscat Rouge à Petits Grains, a variant of the more Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, really comes into its own. Australian’s love to call sweet dessert style wines ‘sticky’ & these Liqueur Muscat wines gives a whole new meaning of the term.

Made with a blend of ripe & fully raisined grapes – either raisined on vine or in racks. The wine is fortified after desired level of sweetness is reached in the fermentation stage leaving a sweet wine.  Then it is stored & matured in old oak barrels & casks in ‘solera’ stacks within the winery, often under hot conditions. Over time, the evaporation concentrates the wine to a syrupy rich consistency, with rich fruit cake characters that have made these wines famous enough.

Click here to read more about this region & this unique wine.


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  1. Bec

    Mmmmm – Muscat. We are in the process of covering up our Muscat grapes as I speak, to protect the grapes from the many species of birds that take a liking to the sweet grape around this time of year! Picking for our Muscat is done around March, so still a bit to go yet before the grapes reach the desired sweetness to produce our “christmas pudding in a bottle”.
    www. gemelliestate.com.au

  2. admin

    Hi Bec, Thanks for dropping by. Christmas Pud in a bottle is right! I shall have to drop by and visit next time I am up in the Hunter. Good luck for the vintage! – Lisa

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