Newest Review: ... bottle I have is a fortified dessert wine. It was produced by Morris and is marked "Liqueur Muscat." It is from Australia a... more
Wine and dessert rolled into one
Frontignac/Muscat in general
Member Name: song_of_calliope
Frontignac/Muscat in general
Advantages: Tastes like honey
Disadvantages: Many people will find it too sweet
I was given a bottle of Muscat by some friends of mine recently. I don't mean I was given it as a gift exactly, but simply because they didn't like it and wanted to get rid of it! Luckily I liked it very much, and the nearly full bottle they gave me last month is now almost gone.
Muscat can be either a sweet fortified dessert wine or a light white wine, sometimes sparkling. It is made from Muscat grapes and is produced in many locations around the world - in Chile, Spain, Portugal, France and New Zealand, to name just a few countries that produce some version of it.
The bottle I have is a fortified dessert wine. It was produced by Morris and is marked "Liqueur Muscat." It is from Australia and was produced in north-east Victoria's Rutherglen district and is a brown muscat. Although this category is about Muscat in general, this review will now focus on the particular variety that I have, as it's the only Muscat I have tasted. Mine costs around £11 a bottle, according to Google. It comes in a very attractive cream and red presentation case, and each bottle contains 500ml.
This wine, being a dessert wine, is not the kind of thing you will want to have with a meal. It could be served after a meal either along with a simple, not too sweet dessert such as biscotti or just on its own. My boyfriend and I like to drink it on its own after a meal. This month we have really enjoyed it while wrapping Christmas presents or writing out Christmas cards as an easy alternative to making a batch of mulled wine just for us, as it has that festive feeling about it but you can drink just a little bit whenever you like.
The taste of this wine is rich and sweet. It has many complex flavours and is spicy and warm as well as being, as I say, very sweet. Its main flavour I would say has to be that of honey, but I also can note hints of ginger and nutmeg and maybe a bit of cinnamon. I would say it's a very wintery drink as it's lovely and warming, but it isn't refreshing so you probably would be less likely to enjoy it in summertime.
As I mentioned, my friends gave me this because they didn't like it and my boyfriend and I love it. So how do you know whether you will like it or not? Well, the difference between my boyfriend and my taste and that of my friends is that he and I both have a massive sweet tooth. A sip of this wine is not unlike taking a spoonful of honey and eating it slowly on its own. If the idea of swallowing a spoonful of honey appeals to you I think you will like this wine, and if it doesn't you most probably won't.
Summary: If you like dessert wine, give this a try.
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