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Muscadelle

Muscadelle
Muscadelle is an old light-skinned white grape variety originating from Bordeaux wine region of France. The grape is not to be confused with the Muscat grape variety as the name suggests. It is the third grape of white dry and sweet Bordeaux wines. The Muscadelle is susceptible to Botrytis (noble rot), therefore very suitable for sweet wines and a component of Sauternes wines, traditionally blended with Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. It is an early ripening variety, and when vinified individually produces fragrant white wines with subtle muscat notes. Muscadelle is largely planted in Australia producing rich, luscious wines with a deep golden hue. Some of the producers there are leaving the grapes for late harvest until they are slightly dried, and then are partly fermented and fortified with neutral grape spirit. It can be found as well in minor quantities in South Africa.

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