Anton Swarts – Cape Wine Master
Selected vineyards within the Breedekloof and coastal regions of the Western Cape.
TERROIR / SOIL:
Decomposed granite soils from mountain foothills, as well as alluvial soil in an ancient riverbed with good drainage, aeration and water retention capacity.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Trellised vines between 9 and 17 years old yielded the grapes for this wine. They received supplementary drip irrigation and produced between 3,5 and 5 tons per hectare.
Temperature: winter ±10ºC; summer ±26ºC Annual rainfall: 40 mm – 200 mm Proximity to ocean: ≤120 km
Grapes were hand-harvested in mid-March. White and red Moscato grapes were de-stemmed and crushed at the cellar. A few hours of skin contact were allowed on the red varietals to ensure the juice was a lovely pink. The grapes were pressed to extract the juice and the tank was left to settle overnight. The juice was inoculated with a pure yeast culture to begin fermentation, which was temperature controlled and stopped after a few days at ±2°- 3º Balling, allowing the sugars from the grape to remain in the wine. The individual tanks selected for the blend were centrifuged to remove the yeast cells, then cross-flowed. The wine was then prepared for bottling. The varietals used to produce this Signature Moscato Pink were Muscat d’Alexandrie, Morio Muscat, Muscat de Hambourg and/or Muscat Ottonel. These were chosen as the best varietals from this specific vintage able to represent the Moscato style.
Pink in colour
A crisp, refreshing semi-sweet wine. On both the nose and the palate, expect to encounter sweet grape, strawberry and raspberry with hints of Turkish delight and rose petals.
Enjoy by itself as an aperitif or with a curry or lightly spiced fruit tart.