Rietvallei Red Muscadel 2001

The red-gold colour looks sparkling fresh in the glass. On the nose the Muscat flavour comes through very strong. This Muscadel fills your palate with its complexity and is characterised by its raisiny sweetness. The acidity compliments the wine and makes it even more easy to enjoy. Additional bottle maturation will further enhance the flavours of this dessert wine. A traditional fire-side companion in winter, it is most enjoyable over crushed ice, with fine chocolate dessert or noble cheeses.


variety : Muscat de Frontignan | Muscadel
winemaker : Johnny Burger
wine of origin : Breede River
analysis : alc : 17.0 % vol  rs : 228.1 g/l  pH : 3.24  ta : 4.98 g/l  va : 0.35 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards 2003 - Seal of Approval
Veritas 2002 - Bronze
Michelangelo International Wine Award 2002 - Silver
in the vineyard : The Muscadel vines were between 21 and 91 years old during the vintage year. The vineyards were established in red Karoo, as well as deep alluvial soil, next to the Klaasvoogds River. The vines grow as bush vines. A Red Muscadel vineyard, planted in 1908, to this day produces superb wine.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked in two stages. The first batch was picked at 24º Balling on February 23. Rain at the end of February affected the sugar levels of the grapes and the winemaker had to wait until 10 and 16 March to pick the second batch. The grapes were picked at 26 to 27º Balling.

in the cellar : In the cellar, the grapes were pressed and the juice was left on the skins in open fermentation tanks for 2 days before the skins were pressed to extract more colour. Thereafter, the juice was withdrawn and fortified with pure grape spirits. The skins were pressed and the juice was added. Two months later the Muscadel was removed from the lees. The lees were filtered and were added to the Muscadel.

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