Muskat Ottonel

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Muskat Ottonel
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Origin: France, Angers

Parentage: New breed from Gutedel (Chasselas) and Muskat de Saumur, by Jean Moreau, a private grower in Angers

Vineyard area: 357 ha, 0.8 %

Grown mainly at the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl) in Burgenland. Surface total in vineyards is decreasing.

Important ampelographic features
Leaf: small, pentagonal, five lobes, deeply-lobed
Grape cluster: small to medium, cylindrical, mostly without wings; dense with round to oval berries, greenish-yellow colour, the grape skin has a fine nutmeg taste

Ripening time: mid-season

Significance, conditions: Significant in Burgenland. To wine-growers, the variety can be difficult in the vineyard. It makes high demands on the site (warm, wind-protected) and the soil (good retention of water and nutrients). Its very sensitive flowering phase means an often irregular and low yield. It tolerates only a low limestone content in the soil and is easily susceptible to chlorosis when the weather is cool and wet.

Wine: Can yield full yet mild wines with a delicate nutmeg flavour. Highly ripe grapes can deliver mild, very supple Prädikat wines, which partner well with sweet dishes.