When searching for a fortified wine that truly represented 78°, we didn’t have to look far. Liqueur Muscat, or Muscat as it is called here in Australia, is as local as they come. Originating from the Rutherglen area of northern Victoria, Muscat is produced from a late harvest pick, which is partially fermented before being fortified with grape spirit. This creates a higher residual sugar and a much sweeter style of wine.
The Muscat is then filled into oak casks, where it spends the next 5 – 20+ years. Over seasons maturing in the hot Australian climate, magic happens. The casks bake in the Aussie sun, creating a rich and delicious fortified wine with characters of raisins and stewed fruit, perfect for enjoying after dinner with a bit of Aussie cheese. Once decanted, the empty casks are still rich in the character of the Muscat that soaked into the oak over all those years.