Frontignac Riverina New South Wales
McWilliams's are one of the most recognizable names in the pantheon of enduring Australian brands, a significant part of their bequest is a priceless endowment of the oldest, most invaluable stocks of fortified wine in the land. The estate's history with fortifieds dates back to 1913, when John James McWilliam planted the first ever vines at Hanwood on the Riverina. Generations of viticulture and patient cellaring have established a legacy of the world's finest Old Muscats, assembled into a Show Reserve of immense concentration and exquisite balance.
Parcels of Muscadelle are harvested at naturally high levels of sugar, grapes are crushed, destemmed and cooled to 10°C on the way to open fermentation vessels. Batches are pumped over twice daily during two days of cold soak. Yeasts are added for a slow vinification, followed by draining and press after a single Baume drop in sugar level. Juices are fortified with neutral grape Spirit to arrest the ferments, settled and racked off solids. Batches are heat and cold stabilised, coarse earth filtered and transferred to a collection of well seasoned oak barrels for up to thirty years maturation. Upon completion, the best barrels are determined and marked for inclusion into the final Show Reserve Muscat. Alcohol 18.5%
Rich deep brown tawny, khaki hues. Fresh lifted Muscat fruit aromas, festive raisin cake, baking spice and citrus peel over intense rancio oak notes. Richly intense, yet gently luscious and velvet smooth, pronounced Muscat flavours, a concentration of raisin and fruit mince tart characters. A big mouth coating finish, lingering immeasurably on a length of spiced, licorice toffee richness.