Full Review

Smirk

Smirk
2017 Moscatel, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: White Muscat

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.8%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15.99

Smirk
2017 Moscatel, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: White Muscat

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 1.8%
Pale straw green color. Green aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and blossoms, honeyed sultanas, aloe, and herb-mint paste with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish revealing notes of fruit salad, starfruit, and mineral water with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A soft, easy-breezy summer sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & New World
Aroma Aroma: tropical fruits and blossoms, honeyed sultanas, aloe, and herb-mint paste
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of fruit salad, starfruit, and mineral water
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kebobs, Ceviche, Jambalaya
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A soft, easy-breezy summer sipper.

The Producer

Traveling Vineyard

The Producer
127 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
USA
1 707-234-4747

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White Muscat

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Muscat is a grape that is made into both dry as well as tantalizing sweet wines, most notably in France and Australia. Muscat is known elsewhere, most notably in Italy as Moscato.

Muscat is grown in Alsace, France where it is dry, while in the Rhone Valley further south, Beaumes-de-Venise, is a glorious naturally sweet dessert wine.

An entirely different style of Muscat is Rutherglen Muscat from Australia, a rich, amber colored, still dessert wine. Muscat is also produced in small quantities in the US. Austria and Portugal.

Each style of Muscat offers exotic aromas of orange blossom, peach, apricot and orange roses to name only a few obvious descriptors. Lighter versions of dry Muscat from Alsace are ideal with spicy fare, such as Thai cuisine. The richer, more lush styles, such as Rutherglen are perfect with peach or plum pudding or even with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the wines from one to three years after the vintage date in most cases, though Beaumes-de-Venise can be appreciated for up to a decade.