McWilliams Hanwood Estate Classic Muscat 750ml
The fruit is harvested at a minimum 14° baumé, crushed into open fermenters, and then partially fermented on skins for between seven and ten days to extract maximum colour and flavour. Fermentation is arrested at the desired sweetness by the gradual addition of a high quality neutral spirit, which is also made at McWilliam’s Hanwood winery, near Griffith in New South Wales. This gradual fortification of around two per cent alcohol per addition helps control fermentation and ensures seamless wine and fortification integration. To control the development of aged rancio characters – and to keep the flavours fresh and balanced – this Muscat was matured in larger oak barrels than those used for our tawny ports. These barrels are more than ten years old. This allows the wine to slowly develop complexity without obvious oak flavours and characters. The final blend is then cold stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
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Nose:
Floral rose petal notes and fruit characters.
Palate:
Smooth and rich Frontignac characters and concentrated raisins, showing considerable lusciousness from both retained sweetness and fruit intensity.
Varietal Composition:
Frontignac