Golden Muscat is Taiwan’s sole traditional white grape that is becoming a rarity in our diminishing vineyard regions. With its early harvest period in Taiwan, we chose the traditional method of sparkling winemaking to elegantly express its myriad of tropical fruits, vintage by vintage.
In the 2016 growing season, the grapes received a good sunny start in the spring, followed by a normal rainy season in early June to slow down the heat, and a finale of many sunny days until harvest in mid-July. For this vintage, we blended 66% Golden Muscat from our grower vineyards in Erlin and Houli and 34% Musann Blanc from our Puli Estate. This produced an Extra Brut that is tantalizing in rich expression of our terroir. An expressive yet delicate mousse introduces the wine in a golden hue, followed by layers of rich spicy tropical fruit aromas. The wine is textured in a balanced bright acidity, an expanding richness of ripened pineapple, pear, peach, mango, lychee and herbal tones, finishing in a crisp, nutty, lingering impression.
This vintage stands on its own beautifully. With food pairing, the flavors unfold in sumptuous ways. We enjoy tempura, Asian and South Asian cuisines with various herbs and spices, aged and goat cheese and cured meat. Suggested serving at 6-8°C.