Nuy Wine Cellar was established in 1963 and is situated at the foot of the Langeberg mountain range, sitting just on the eastern limit of Worcester where it borders Robertson. Although there are only 13 member farms, some 10,000 tonnes of grapes are processed here each season. However, only 3% of the Co-op’s production is bottled under its own label each year, with the majority being sold off to Distell.
Nuy Winery Rooi Muskadel NV
Nuy (pronounced Nay) Muskadel is something of a Cape classic, although barely known outside of South Africa. It wins acclaim with every vintage, although it is a simple, sweet, and ridiculously inexpensive fortified dessert wine. Delicious on release, it also has great potential for ageing. Muskadel (so spelt in the Afrikaans speaking world) is the local name for both Muscat de Frontignan and for Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains. The production method involves mulching the grapes and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins for between 36 to 48 hours. After separation, the skins are pressed and then the must is fortified to around 16.5% alcohol. It can be served chilled (in South Africa traditionally over crushed ice in summer), or at room temperature for older examples. Given the fortification, the wine is extremely durable on opening, remaining fresh for many weeks