Elysium Black Muscat is one of the biggest success wine of Andrew Quady. His vineyards in California produce many different grape varietals and he mixes these with botanicals from the area to create some sublime dessert wines.
Andrew Quady's change of career from making fireworks to making wine produced an explosion of its own kind when he created Essensia from the Orange Muscat grape (named because the grapes have an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom). It was an instant success at tastings and wine shows and until 1985 he could not make enough to satisfy demand.
Following the success of Essensia, Andy moved on to create Elysium from the Black Muscat grape, which is magenta in colour, with a haunting rose-like aroma.
Quady is the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide.
In the making of Elysium the fermentation is stopped by adding neutral grape brandy. This stopped fermentation preserves the delicate aroma of the fresh, ripe grapes.
This results in a wine with a beautiful freshness and a gorgeous rich berry flavour. The aroma of Elysium Black Muscat is one of rose petals and lychees.
We have found this fabulous dessert wine is best served chilled in small glasses and is excellent when paired with desserts, chocolate, vanilla. We have tried it with cheese too and it works remarkably well with blue cheeses as well as not dominating softer cheeses like Goats cheese.
In Australia they called dessert wines like the Elysium Black Muscat “stickies”, this is because they are often served as aperitifs as well as palate cleansers in between courses.
Andrew Quady has dedicated his life to creating the finest dessert wines and vermouths available and his massive success in these beverages makes him one of America’s foremost winemakers.
To buy any of the Quady Wines in the UK go to www.wineman.co.uk where you can choose from a huge selection of fantastic wines at great prices.