Muscat Muscadelle Rutherglen Victoria
This is a great celebration of the vital characters of luscious Muscat. Fashioned from barrels of old stock of various vintages, All Saints has lovely flavours of butterscotch and apricot, fresh lifted spirit, and that sensational aromatic profiles. The long, warm Autumn days at Wahgunyah are virtually perfect for allowing the fruit to ripen to the high baume levels and raisining so essential for the style. Delightful on its own as an after-dinner drink, All Saints is superb when served alongside hot oven fresh, steaming and spicey desserts.
The All Saints Estate's pride and joy are the old vineyard blocks of Muscat, planted just after the First World War. These old-timers are picture-postcard vines, weather-beaten and twisted, defying the years to produce fantastic fruit. Grapes are left on the vine to get really ripe; many of them shrivel up to raisins. The fruit is picked and crushed. This macerates for a few hours in order to allow any raisined berries to swell up. It is then pressed and the juice prevented from fermenting by the addition of high-strength neutral alcohol. The wine is allowed to settle for a few days before being racked off to barrel for maturation. The Rutherglen level of the classification is for the youngest wines with only a few years barrel age.
Rich and luscious nose, perfumed aromatics of lovely peach and apricot with hints of lychee and spice. A hint of tangerine peel on the palate, rancio and honeyed almond, sweet wet tobacco and apple, smoke and leather. It's fresh and spicy, alluring and concentrated yet sleek. Creme brûlee flavours and a nice richness, smooth and elegant, lingering on the finish. There is no need to save All Saints for a special occasion as, unlike table wine, an opened bottle will last months before starting to deteriorate. Already done it's own ageing and is quite ready to drink.