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Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc
Nuy (pronounced Nay) Muskadel is a Cape classic, although barely known outside of South Africa. Winning acclaim with every vintage, it is a sweet and ridiculously inexpensive fortified dessert wine, delicious on release, but also with great potential for ageing. Muskadel (Afrikaans spelling) is the local name for both Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains. The production method involves mulching the grapes and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins for 36 to 48 hours. After separation, the skins are pressed and then the must is fortified to around 16.5% alcohol. Very little, if any, fermentation takes place. It can be served chilled or at room temperature for older examples. The wine is extremely durable on opening, remaining fresh for many weeks, making it an ideal choice for restaurants wanting to offer a cracking by-the-glass pouring option.