(From 2013 Vintage) An aroma of roses accompanies dark fruit - cherry, strawberry - balanced with fruit acidity to finish clean. In 1983, a nearby grower brought Andrew Quady some Black Muscat grapes that were previously destined for sacramental wine at a local church. When the church ceased operations, the grower was left with truckloads of ripe, unwanted Black Muscat. The grower heard through the grapevine that newcomer Quady had some success with Orange Muscat, so he knocked on Quady's door, and the rest is history. Quady handled the Black Muscat in the same manner as Essensia: crushing, chilling and allowing the grapes to macerate. He added wine spirits to arrest the fermentation. On draining the tank the winery began to smell of roses! In his amazement he held a naming contest and selected Elysium, "state of eternal bliss" in Greek, as a name for this exciting muscat wine.
Produced from 100% Black Muscat, a variety with an exotic rose-like scent. The aromas are of roses and the flavors are a combination of lichees and berries. This is a wonderful, rich tasting wine, smooth and luscious. This is our favorite to accompany a dark bitter sweet chocolate torte; it is also great poured over vanilla ice-cream or served with blue cheese, and makes a great purple martini.