WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Apricot, Peach, Orange blossom

Muscat of Alexandria, also known as Muscat Gordo Blanco, is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, believed to have originated in ancient Egypt. It is celebrated for its aromatic qualities and versatility in winemaking.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Muscat of Alexandria wines are intensely aromatic, often displaying floral notes of orange blossom, jasmine, and rose petals. They also exude fruity aromas of ripe apricot, peach, and citrus fruits like lemon and orange.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Muscat of Alexandria tends to retain higher acidity levels, balancing the natural sweetness and floral aromatics with a refreshing crispness.

Warm Climate: Warmer climates enhance the grape’s ripening process, intensifying the fruit flavors and promoting higher sugar levels, resulting in richer, fuller-bodied wines with a more pronounced sweetness.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Spain: Known as Moscatel in Spain, it is widely cultivated in regions like Andalusia and Valencia, producing fortified wines such as Moscatel de Valencia and sweet wines like Moscatel de Alejandría.

Greece: Muscat of Alexandria is used in the production of Muscat of Patras, a sweet, fortified wine from the Peloponnese region.

Australia: Found in the Rutherglen region of Victoria, where it is used in fortified wines like Muscat and Tokay.


Muscat of Alexandria wines are often enjoyed in their youth to fully savor their fresh, fruity aromas and sweet palate.

Some Muscat of Alexandria wines, especially fortified styles, have excellent ageing potential, developing complex flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and honey over decades.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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