Chateau Vartely Muscat Ottonel Icewine 2011
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Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points - This Moldovan ice wine is made from Muscat Ottonel and has complex aromas of honeycomb, orange blossom and honeysuckle. In the mouth there are flavors of sweet orange juice, tangerine peel, and mandarin orange pith. In the finish there's a delightful acidic splash with a lingering taste of candied orange peel.
Grape variety: Feteasca Alba 90%, an indigenous Moldovan variety Muscat 10%
Premium quality Ice wine produced after traditional method of hand harvesting grapes frozen on vine at 14-21F. The frozen grapes are then pressed at 18 F to extract pure juice. Fermentation takes place in vats at controlled temperature for several months. In German classification of wines this Ice Ice wine qualifies as Qualitätswein mit Prädikat. Varietal Muscat Ottonel is a less-distinguished member of the broader Muscat family that thrives mainly in France, Austria, Switzerland and Romania. It makes a range of wine styles, from light, dry table wines to richer styles with more residual sugar. Quite ripe and satisfying alone, this wine can be enjoyed with hearty dishes such as braised short ribs, or enjoyed equally with fine dark chocolates and a cigar.
Complex floral bouquet, along with notes of peach, apple and pear, is perfectly balanced with crisp accents of citrus fruits. Elegant fresh taste with silky texture and long finish.The wine is recommended as aperitif, pairs well with fruit salads with whipped cream, complements jelly and chocolate. Recommended to be served chilled, at 8-10ºÐ¡ (46-50 F).
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