General characteristics

This Muscat variety with its small black berries was first grown in the vineyards of Greece. It is also referred to as Moscatello Nero or Black Frontignan. It reaches maturity in the “second period” (i.e. 12 days after the Chasselas Doré grape, which is taken as the “baseline” in the Pulliat system of classification). The averagely vigorous vine is easily recognised by the bronze colour and cobweb-like appearance of the young leaves. The white, downy young shoots are edged with crimson, while the limb (blade) of the adult leaf is smooth in appearance. The grapes grow in compact, cylindrical clusters, bearing berries of middling size.

Wine-making potential

The grapes are very sweet and juicy, with a characteristic strong musky flavour. The Muscat variety with its small black grapes is excellent for making unfortified sweet wines. They have a rich bouquet, comprising the aromas of lemon flower, beeswax and lime.

Associated appellation

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Red Muscat