Topaz-colored wine with greenish reflections, of extraordinary power with quite complex aromas, of nuts, rosemary and honey.
A unctuous Muscat in the palate, but with good freshness, long aftertaste of great quality.
Packaging: 0.75 L bottle
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This fortified wine is characterized by its especially peculiar and unmistakable aroma and flavor qualities, resulting from the soil and climate conditions and the grape varietals used, in particular the Moscatel de Setubal, which is considered to be the most aromatic varietal in the world.
With a golden color that ranges from light topaz to amber, the young Moscatel wines exhibit an exotic floral aroma reminiscent of orange and linden blossom as well as rose with touches of honey, citrus, lichee, pear and dates in the flavor.
The aged Moscatels tend to have a more subtle and complex aromas and flavors of dried fruits and nuts like hazelnut, almond and walnut.
Varieties: Moscatel de Setubal
Soil/Terroir: Sandy and clayey
Prepared in deposits were grapes undergo a slight fermentation, and then added vinous spirit in order to block it. Maceration lasts about 6 months
Ageing: 8 years minimum in old French oak barrels
Alcohol content: 17 % VOL
Total acidity: 4.5 g/l
Total sugar:160 g/l
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Perfect to accompany fat cheeses, desserts or on its own.
Visual Appearance: Topaz-colored wine with greenish reflections.
Appearance olfactory: potent with very complex aromas due to its evolution, denoting nuts, rosemary and honey.
Appearance taste: An unctuous textured muscat with good freshness, long and of great quality.
Moscatel de Setubal, Alexandria, or Graúdo
This variety is known to have originated in Egypt, having spread to the Mediterranean from Alexandria, possibly during the period of the Roman Empire (Galet 1985).
It is a grape of average strength and has a difficult flowering and fertilization, prone to not fruiting after flowering.
Resistant to dryness, it's sensitive to mildew and powdery mildew. There are various types of Moscatel in the world (ex. the French Muscat, the Italian Moscato), and all of them with a significant concentration of aromatic (terpene) and flavor components.
However, it's the Moscatel de Setubal that has the best concentration and richness of these components. The typical aromas of Moscatel are well-known: citrus flowers and zest, honey, lime, rose, lychee, pear, date and raisin, which create memorable wines.
The Setubal Peninsula is a unique region, whose wines are as generous and balanced as the region that sees them born. Mother Nature was magnanimous and refined: from with the two peninsulas, “drawn” by the two largest estuaries in Portugal, was born a region rich in biodiversity and fish and shellfish with both natural and protected areas.
The framing by the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus and Sado River estuaries, combined with a deep Mediterranean influence and geological formation provide a unique set of characteristics for wine production.
The Setubal Peninsula also has one of the oldest denominations in Portugal - the region of Moscatel de Setubal, whose demarcation was begun in 1907 and completed and confirmed in 1908.
The Setúbal DO (Denomination of Origin) region is geographically bounded by the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela, Montijo and the village of Castelo in the municipality of Sesimbra.
This "terroir", which is the cradle of the Moscatel de Setubal is unique: the joint annual rainfall of 550-750 milliliters and the 2,200 hours of sunshine poured over the sandy and clay – limestone soils is all seasoned with a handful of Atlantic breeze.