2017 Sparkling Muscat
We’ve produced estate grown dry, semi-dry and sweet versions of still Muscat Ottonel since the early 1980s. We were one of the first in the region to produce Muscat Ottonel. Unfortunately, it remains a relatively obscure varietal made by few wineries. It’s a delicate white wine with a beautiful perfumed character reminiscent of fresh orange blossoms and crushed mint. As I sipped on a glass of our 2015 vintage a few years ago, it struck me how gorgeous the wine could potentially be as a sparkling wine. In 2017, for the first time ever, we decided to harvest the Muscat Ottonel for a sparkling wine. We produced this using the traditional methode champenoise, aged for just a year on the lees and then disgorged. The finished wine is bone dry (0.2% residual sugar) and, as expected, it’s absolutely delicious! Only 136 cases produced.