Fortified wine made from the Muscadel grape is truly part of South Africa’s heritage – in fact, Jan van Riebeeck first planted the grape in the Cape back in 1655. Sun-ripened, almost raisiny, Muscadel grapes are fermented (and later fortified with wine spirit) to create the sweet before-dinner or after-dinner drink known as Muscadel.


Rietvallei Red Muscadel


Rietvallei Red Muscadel WINEMAKING The grapes are harvested by hand at 27-29 °Balling (Brix), crushed and taken to open concrete red wine fermentors. Here it is kept on the skins for two to three days for colour and flavour extraction. During this...

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