A blend of Muscat, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon could only be beautifully aromatic and this wine has that in spades. It is layered and complex on the nose, and then you get to drink it. There is great weight on the palate and it is very silky. Get stuck in with some pork and you’ll be happy.
Ixsir refering to elixir evokes the thoughts of a potions master dealing in unknown concoctions. Which is what Lebanese wine is to most people. But the terroirs of Lebanon can be as compelling as any in the world. High altitudes give an elegance and length to these wines and given the wine maker was at the helm of Sociando-Mallet for 9 years and the consultant wine maker Hubert De Bouard is the owner of Chateau Angelus, the pedigree here is outstanding.
Muscat Of Alexandra/Moscatel
The same variety that makes Moscato d’Asti, Muscat Beaumes de Venice and Australian Muscat. The naturally high sugar and acid in the grape made it a robust and therefore popular wine before sanitation was properly understood. The balance and highly aromatic nature of the grape makes it a beautiful variety for sweeter wines.
The flamboyantly aromatic white grape that calls Condrieu in the Rhone Valley home. It’s apricot kernel, viscous nature and floral lift make for quite an intense white. However it also adds perfume, fixes colour and generally beautifies lean and boney Shiraz in the Rhone and around the world.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.