2009 Quady Elysium Black Muscat

Year: 2009
Appellation: California
Country: USA - California
Dessert Wine
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Winery Notes:
The most fantastic deep magenta color ever seen in Elysium is due in part to new vineyard practices of excessive leaf pulling and cane cutting on the north side of the vineyards. This practice increases the sunlight underneath the canopy, also adding to more of a red fruit and litchi aroma then in the past years.

All of our dessert wines are best if served slightly chilled. An excellent way to achieve this is by storing the wine in the refrigerator, then removing the wine before dinner. By dessert time, the wine will be at the perfect temperature.

Black Muscat, another under appreciated muscat variety, is known in Europe as a table grape variety, Muscat Hamburg, one of the very few black skinned muscats. If ripened to about 25 brix, it attains a rose-like aroma and litchi like flavor. This rose-like aroma led us to name the wine Elysium, Greek for heaven. Drinking this, you can almost feel you have fallen into a rose garden and been transported to heaven.

Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It is wonderful with blue cheeses, with desserts containing red fruits (such as Summer Pudding, an English favorite), with vanilla, with dark chocolate, with ice cream desserts, and candlelight. One favorite is to pour the wine onto vanilla ice cream. Serve Elysium Sundae with a glass of Elysium.

A very cool cocktail is the "Angeli Cooler". Fill a wine glass with ice cubes. Combine tonic water with Elysium (1/2 and 1/2) and a lemon wedge. The Angeli Cooler is perfect on those warm summer nights.