Tokay Muscadelle Rutherglen Victoria
A rich mix of select parcels at various stages of maturity, chosen for their softness and articulation of all good things Tokay. Muscadelle has been grown at All Saints Estate since establishment in 1864. Originally thought to have evolved from the Hungarian Tokai varietal, it is now generally accepted that Tokay is made from Muscadelle, an intensely flavoured late ripening grape. Sip alongside stilton, a treat with tiramisu, All Saints have already done the ageing for you so serve with confidence to your most discerning guests.
The current stewardship at the ancient All Saints wineworks was established by Peter Brown of Milawa in 1962. He planted vines to take full advantage of the long, warm autumn days at Wahgunyah which are virtually perfect for allowing the fruit to ripen to high baume levels and raisining, so essential for the Tokay style. Grapes are left to hang until extremely ripe, hand picked and crushed to release the sweet, concentrated juices. A term of cold soak swells the shrivelled berries and extracts flavour from skins. A very short fermentation arrives at an alcohol of 18.0%, the finished wine is assembled from a selection of vintages, stored in large oak ovals at the All Saints chook shed, racked to bottle from time to time.
Golden amber hues. Aroma reveals wonderful sweetness along with an intriguing nose of marmalade and maple syrup, prunes, toffee and honeyed tea, a wine of age under well seasoned oak. Lovely flavours of butterscotch and apricot, fresh lifted spirit and that typical Tokay aroma of cold tea. Unctuous and sweet yet remarkably supple and light for its level of decadence, while the lush, complex palate finishes clean and lingering.