WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS A golden dessert wine with very typical Muscat characters on the nose. The wine shows upfront aromas of pineapple, citrus, apricots, a touch of honey and subtle floral notes. The palate is lush with the perfect balance between sweetness and fresh acidity. The Vin de Hel is an elegant, concentrated and delicious wine to enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.
MATURATION With correct cellaring this late harvest will age exceptionally well for at least 10 years from date of vintage.
FOOD PAIRING Enjoy with dessert or some fine handcrafted cheeses.
VITICULTURAL PRACTICES Varietal Muscat de Frontignan; Root stock R99; Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite; Age of vines Planted 1986; Plant density 3074 vines per hectare; trellising Vertical hedge; pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm; irrigation Supplementary drip;
VINTAGE 2015: Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start to the picking, with different varieties ripening at the same time. Picking date 17th April
Grape sugar 38 °B
Total acidity 7.0 g/l
pH at harvest 3.7
Yeasts Zymaflore ST
Fermentation temp 14 °C
Method: The bunches were destalked, crushed and allowed to ferment for 24 hours on the skins. The fermenting must went through a slow 3 hours press cycle and the turbid juice carried on fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
WINE DETAILS Residual sugar 205 g/l; pH 3.59; Total acid 7.3 g/l; Alcohol 11%; Maturation 2016 – 2025