Quady Elysium Black Muscat
Quady Elysium Black Muscat is virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.
One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings.
Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!
Andrew Quady’s change of career from making fireworks to making wine produced an explosion of its own kind when he created Essensia, it was an instant success at tastings and wine shows and until 1985 he could not make enough to satisfy demand.
Quady is the foremost American winery specializing entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide.
In 1983, a nearby grower brought Andrew Quady some Black Muscat grapes that were previously destined for sacramental wine at a local church.
When the church ceased operations, the grower was left with truckloads of ripe, unwanted Black Muscat.
The grower heard through the grapevine that newcomer Quady had some success with Orange Muscat, so he knocked on Quady’s door, and the rest is history.
Quady handled the Black Muscat in the same manner as Essensia: crushing, chilling and allowing the grapes to macerate.
He added wine spirits to arrest the fermentation. On draining the tank the winery began to smell of roses! In his amazement he held a naming contest and selected Elysium, “state of eternal bliss” in Greek, as a name for this exciting muscat wine. http://www.quadywinery.com/crew/
Elysium’s violet-crimson colour and litchi-rose aroma develop after the fruit attains full maturity. This requires a warm climate. In warmer years the colour is darker and the aroma is more intense.
Elysium is wonderful with cheeses, especially goat cheese or Gorgonzola; with desserts containing red fruits, such as English Summer Pudding; with dark chocolate and with cream desserts and cheesecake.
Elysium poured onto vanilla ice cream is an effortless favourite.
Add it to sparkling wine in place of creme de cassis to make a black muscat rendition of the popular French ‘kir royale.’ To peruse Elysium cocktail recipes, head over to our recipes page
The heart on the Elysium label is drawn by artist Ardison Phillips. The label design is by Laurel Quady.
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