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Muscat d’Alexandrie is more commonly known as Hanepoot in South Africa. Grapes were harvested from a 24 year old dry-farmed, bush vine vineyard situated on Klipdam farm (next door to Joostenberg). Two thirds of the grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed and then fermented in well-seasoned barriques. A third was fermented on the skins for a week before being transferred to well-seasoned barriques. Bottling took place after a 9 month maturation period on the lees. No additives apart from sulphur were used. Bottled at 11.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: Very aromatic, honeysuckle, pineapple and other tropical fruits.
Palate: Very fruit driven entry. Lots of notes of litchi (lychee), pineapples, pear and apples. Midpalate, light body making it very approachable.
Finish: Good acidity balancing out the fruit sweetness on entry. When served chilled, perfect for a hot summer's day.
Joostenberg was purchased by the Myburgh family in 1879, and ownership has remained with the family ever since. In 1947 winemaking ceased, and for the following 52 years grapes were sold to the local co-op. In 1999, brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh, the 5th generation of Myburghs to farm this land, resumed the winemaking tradition. Today Joostenberg is a small, family owned and managed wine farm producing an exclusive range of wine with special emphasis on individuality, natural winemaking and environmental accountability through organic farming — full organic status was achieved in 2012.