2018 Glen Garvald (by Levantine Hill) Muscadelle

Confession time (this could be embarrassing).  Let me give you some background first.  So, about 3 or so years ago, I began checking out some alternate grape/wine varieties and discovered quite a few beauties.  When this wine arrived, with some others, I thought, cool, Muscadelle, a variety I’ve not tried.  Well (here’s the embarrassing moment), turns out I have tried this variety but in a different guise, as Topaque which is a delicious, fortified wine.  Surely I can be forgiven.  I have not drunk it in the form of a table wine and it is usually blended, in small percentages, with Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.  I must say, if this one is anything to go by, it should be bottled as a table wine more often.

It’s a lovely colour and very attractive aromatically too where pears, almonds and a delicate floral like aroma make their introduction but don’t prepare you for the reasonably complex palate.  Now, I say that because I pondered over the flavours for some time and I also poured it for three wine knowledgeable mates who were impressed but perplexed about it (mind you, I served it blind).  The general consensus was, it was full flavoured, viscous, textural and nicely balanced.  It was mainly stonefruity (think peaches, pears and small, slightly sweet apricots) with a little dash of spice and a nice touch of acidity.  After trying this example, I think it deserves more respect and appreciation as a table wine not just as a bit part in a white blend or as fortified wine.  Liked it a lot!!

Levantine Hill Website

Region: Yarra Valley, Vic     Price: $35     Source: Sample courtesy of Levantine Hill

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