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The Hatch 'Hobo Series' Muscat, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 12.1% ALC/VOL

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The Muscat grape is the world’s oldest known grape variety. That’s gotta count for something, right? No, because Muscat is seen as a sweet, simple grape that makes wines of that ilk. In wine school, Muscat is always tought as the one wine that tastes the most like it’s grape; but said so as a pejorative. Muscat, typically enjoyed by a yonger, simpler demographic of wine drinker in the bastardized form known to many as d’Asti has further sullied its reputation even more so. We’ve decided to give our Muscat wings and show that it can be a serious wine while remaining playful. Ours is much drier than typical, but it’s literally (if not figuratively) bursting with aromas classic to… Muscat.

The ‘Hobo Series’.
First off, the definition of ‘hobo’
ho·bo (hō′bō)
n. pl. ho·boes or ho·bos
1. One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
2. A migrant worker.

We had a large debate on whether we should embrace the term hobo with these wines. First of all, the piece of Paul’s art that we used to create these labels is called ‘Tolsoy and the hobo moth’ after-all; and calling it the hobo series seemed very natural. After seeing the above definition of ‘hobo’ to us it also conjured up images of certain grapes that for whatever particular reason don’t get the credit and respect some other more famous grape colleagues have enjoyed over the years. All these grape, per se, have traveled from their homes in search of, to us at least, adventure and much less so notoriety. So in this line-up, we honour a range of less appreciated grapes and their true hobo spirit. That’s our Muscat, that’s your Muscat.

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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in September's Wine Club package, 2019.

Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Stone’s Throw Vineyard
Cases Produced: 200

Appearance: Clear, bright. Straw core.
Nose: Lychee, white flowers, pear, pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, baking spice.
Palate: Medium acid, medium- body. Bone dry. Gorgeous lychee, rose, tropical fruits.
Quality: Outstanding. 90 points. Gorgeous muscat flavour notes styled dry with no sweetness. Drink now.

Food Pairing: Fettuccine with gorgonzola and broccoli, sweet and sour pork tenderloin, spicy shellfish cioppino, baked brie with prosciutto garnished with an apple butter spread, and Persian pan-fried chicken with turmeric and lime.

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