Mystique red WINE variety

Mystique is a CSIRO bred red wine grape variety. It is being grown by Brown Brothers in their Mystic Park vineyard in the Swan Hill Wine Region, and by Bassham Wines in the Riverland Region.

Mystique grapes grown by Brown Brothers  in the Swan Hill Wine regionMystique grapes grown by Brown Brothers in the Swan Hill Wine region

CSIRO has been breeding grape varieties for many decades.  There has been a particular emphasis on producing varieties capable of producing quality wines in the hot conditions experienced in many Australian wine regions.

See more about varieties bred in Australia here.

Many of these varieties have Cabernet Sauvignon as one parent, crossed with one or more varieties which are known to thrive in hotter regions.

Mystique is one of these Cabernet hybrids. It is grown in Brown Brothers vineyard near Mystic Park in the Swan Hill Region, hence its name. The Swan Hill region is one of Sixty or so which are elegantly displayed on the digital wine map of Australia.

CSIRO describe the wine made from the variety as follows:

"Mystique has very deep colour, including when made from fruit grown in hotter regions. It has intense fruit flavour with soft tannins, leading to a wine with very different characteristics to those currently available in the market.

The high wine colour can be achieved at moderate sugar levels. Mystique wine has an alcohol content of around 12-13 per cent. The variety is also suitable for production of wine with a lower alcohol content.

As there are only two producers of Mysitque in Australia it qualifies as a Rare Ozzies variety. However, as I only found out about it after the book went to press it has is not included in the book.

Other Rare Ozzies that have only lately come to my attention are listed here.

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