KWV White Muscadel 2005

By , 13 June 2012



Winter warmer.

Yesterday a tasting of Muscadel, the line-up including the nine top performing wines from the 2012 Muscadel Awards as run by producer association Muskadel SA and sponsored by winemaking products company Enartis SA.

I tasted blind with scoring done according to the 20-point system and here’s how the wines ranked:

1. KWV White Muscadel 2005: 17/20
Wine of Origin Western Cape. Abv 17.5%.
Amber in colour. Notes of marmalade, burnt sugar,  nuts and spice on the nose and palate. Oily in texture. Slightly hot on the finish. Complex but a controversial style.

2. KWV Classic Collection Red Muscadel  N/V: 16.5/20
Wine of Origin Western Cape. Abv 17.5%.
Cherry red. Hint of rose petal on otherwise shy nose. The palate is subtle and delicate with flavours of red fruit and spice. Long, almost savoury finish.

3. Boplaas Muscadel Sweet Dessert Wine 2011: 16/20
Wine of Origin Calitzdorp. Abv 16.5%.
Straw yellow . Very ripe on the nose and palate with notes of sultanas, mango and pineapple. Rich and full – unctuous texture, moderate acidity.

4.= De Wet Cellar 2010: 15.5/20
Wine of Origin Worcester. Abv 17%.
Cherry red. Appears very primary – lots of clean red fruit but otherwise no great complexity. Overtly sweet on entry but bright acidity lends balance.

4.= Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2009: 15.5/20
Wine of Origin Robertson. Abv 17%.
Cherry red, orange tinge. Raisin and spice on generally shy nose. Rich and full but lacking nuance, acidity relatively soft. No longer entirely primary.

6. Namaqua Red Muscadel N/V: 14.5/20
Wine of Origin Olifants River. Abv 17%.
Red, orange tinge. Fresh, light bodied style showing red fruit but also a peculiar herbal, slightly medicinal quality.

7. = Badsberg Red Muscadel 2011: 14/20
Wine of Origin Breedekloof. Abv 15.5%.
Red, slightly dull. Appears slightly oxidised on the nose. Rich and broad with soft acidity. Plenty of palate weight but little nuance – overt raisin flavour.

7.= Nuy Wit Muskadel 2010: 14/20
Wine of Origin Nuy. Abv 16.5%.
Light gold. Appears oxidised on nose and palate with nutty, butterscotch notes to go with sultanas. Soft acidity, short finish.

Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2011 was corked.

Overall, a slightly disappointing line-up. More was expected of Nuy, for instance, and where were the likes of Merwida and Rietvallei?


2 comment(s)

  • Bob018 June 2012

    Well, the absentees might be due to the fact that the wines weren’t entered, the current vintage is not sold out or the fact that one can’t re-enter a winning wine?
    Unfortunately, that particular Nuy wasn’t quite up to the calibre of a typical Nuy Muscat I must agree – the two KWV’s were very impressive and the Boplaas very worthy & a massive bargain, but all these were overshadowed by the 1930 KWV Red! On the whole, SA Muscat is still a treasure trove of vinous gems that are sorely under-rated, under-valued, under-appreciated, drunk way too young and still sit with the stigma of “dessert” wine! Hoe dan nou met ‘n bietjie bobotie en rooi muskadel?

  • Hennie Taljaard18 September 2015

    Try the latest De Wet Red Muscadel 2015. Its delicate, fresh and superb!, and only R33 a bottle.

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