Puchang Muscat Dry 2017
Puchang Muscat is a gorgeous gold colour with splendid aroma of tropical fruits. Passion fruit, green mango with hint of honey. Round and full on the palate with a good balance of acidity and complexity. The long finish is accompanied with notes of citrus fruit and spices mixed with caramel. Puchang Muscat Dry is ready to drink now to 10 years.
Very much an oasis in the middle of the desert, Puchang – located in Turpan Valley, China’s Xinjiang province – now comprises approximately 100 hectares of vineyards which produce up to 130,000 bottles each year.
Turpan is sunny and dry all year-round with little rain of only 16-20mm per year. Average temperature is 14.4°C with extreme diurnal temperature variations. Growing season is around 270 days, 3000-3200 sunshine hours per year. The dramatic swing in temperature variation means that our grapes’ exposure to sunlight increases the ripening qualities while the sudden drop in temperature at night preserves the balance of natural acids in the grapes, resulting in more resilient and intense flavoured grapes with high acid and high sugar contents.
Vineyards lie on a bed of permeable soil that is rich in minerals, giving their wines a particularly smooth texture with flavours with depth and complexity. Grapes are watered naturally with melting snow from Tian Shan Mountain. Untouched by men and free from pollution, it channels through the underground Karez water system to their vineyards, keeping the water source naturally pure