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Muscat Ottonel grapes

by Nov 23, 20160 comments

Muscat Ottonel is a white wine grape that belongs to the Muscat family of the species Vitis vinifera.

This variety produces a range of wine from dry, light table wines to richer forms with extra residual sugar.

Muscat Ottonel

Muscat Ottonel is supposed to be the least appreciated member of the Muscat family of immensely aromatic varieties.

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Origin and History of Grape

The grape was first cultivated by the Loire cultivator Moreau-Robert in Alsace in 1852. Muscat Ottonel is thought to be a hybrid formed between Muscat de Saumur and Chasselas.

During the 19th century, it first expanded in Western Europe and later on in Eastern and Central Europe. The grape variety is famous for being the palest part of the Muscat Family, on the basis of color and flavor intensity.

Muscat Ottonel may be aromatic but shows low acidity- the challenge for the vignerons is to pick while little under ripe, forgoing some perfumed complexity for equilibrium. If left for a longer time on the vine, the grape will produce an unbalanced, flabby wine.

Regions Where It Is Grown

Muscat is famous for its use in dessert wines from Romania, Crimea, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkemnistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Austria, Serbia and Croatia as well as dry wines from Hungary and Alsace.

In Alsace, the varietal name Muscat d’Alsace is permitted for the varieties Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat Rose a Petit Grains blended in any way and blends between these are not permitted for many Alsace Grands Crus.

Synonyms

Over the years, this white wine grape is popular under a variety of nicknames including: Mirisavka, Chasselas Saint Fiacre, Mirislavka, Moscatos, Muscadel Ottonel, Mozzonel, Muscat Otonel White, Muscat Otonel blanc, Muscat Ottone, Muscats, Muscat Ottonel Weiss, Muskat otonel Bijeli, Muskat Ottonel, Muskotaly, Muskat Ottonel Weisser, Ottonel, Ottonel Muscotally, Tamioasa Ottonel, Muscat de Craciunel Tiranave and Tamiioasa Ottonel.

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Characteristics of Grape

The berries are a little yellowish-green in color and are medium-sized. The clusters are small and cylindrical in shape with short stem.

The grain is green-yellow colored, small, and sweet, juicy with strong, pleasant aroma of Muscat. This grape is easily cultivated in cooler climates and ripens early to produce more subtle wines than Muscat of Alexandria or Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains.

Viticulture and Vinification

Muscat Ottonel is more resilient to colder than any other members of the Muscat family, which are more likely to be grown in Mediterranean climates.

Whereas, Muscat Ottonel survives in Switzerland, Austria and Romania, and most at home in the Alsace region of France. Muscat Ottonel is also cultivated in a less amount in Canada, where it is utilized in the manufacture of both sweet and dry wines.

The grape ripens in the mid-season. The grapes are frozen and then crushed and de-stemmed. These steps are carried out a temperature below 12⁰ C.

Then they are pressed and must clarification is done. After which, the grapes are fermented with regulating the temperature. When the sugar level gets to 10 grams per liter, then the fermentation with cold is stopped. And in the end the process of stabilizing is carried out.

Characteristics of Wine

The wine boasts immense aromas of orange peel, acacia flower, violet and Muscat. The taste is delicate and balanced with notes of honey of exotic background.

The wine is particularly faint in color and its fragrance is typically lighter than the strong grape flavors of the finest Muscat of Alexandria and Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. The Muscat Ottonel exhibits nice yellow-gold with white reflections.

The wine seduces in the nose with the hints of lilac, nutmeg and white flowers paired up with excellent minerality. The wine on the palate shows nice spiciness along with fresh acidity.

The wines produced from Muscat Ottonel have extreme gentleness and have an immense but not lasting flavor. The wine is generally vinified as sweet or medium sweet wine. It is really difficult to obtain the dry wine, but even the taste of the white wine is excellent.

Food Pairings with Wine

Muscat Ottonel can be paired with some food items like piquant Turkish food, light salads, Lemon and honey semolina cake, spicy Indian food, young yellow cheese, crepes and caramel cream.

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