The vintage is one of the hottest and driest ever: During the winter there was an extraordinary shortage of rainfall, and the climate was mild followed by a period marked by good weather, with no significant rain for over 180 days. In July the vines adjusted on their own to the low availability of water, showing smaller clusters. Picking began as early as the end of August with the grapes used for making sparkling wines, and continued immediately afterwards with the white wine varieties. The harvest of Nebbiolo grapes began around mid-September. The quality was noticeably excellent with heathy grapes although a lower yield-per-hectare.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Moscato Bianco
Growing Area: Santo Stefano Belbo, Mango
Alcohol: 5,50 % by volume - 130 g/L residual sugar
Food: An excellent partner for desserts, light cheeses and foie gras, but also as a refreshing drink.
Colour: Light straw yellow with typical golden hues.
Nose: Unmistakable, fragrant like no other wine, fresh Moscato grape’s varietal aromas of roses, geraniums, citrus fruits, sage and honey hints.
Palate: Wide, fresh, elegant and well balanced of sweetness and acidity, smooth with delightful long fruity and mineral finish. Amazing and perfect correspondence Nose-Palate.
Serving: 7 - 8 °C
Cellaring: Drink young
Exposure: S, SW
Vines age: 10 - 25 years
Soil: Clay - loamy
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested (partially 10 days later)
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable viticulture
PRE-FERMENTATION PROCEDURES: Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur and softly pressed.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
FERMENTATION PROCESS: The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature and interrupted in order to keep natural sugar and grape aromas. The second fermentation in autoclave allows the wine to become fizzy.
BLACK MOSCATO D’ASTI keeps the whole amazing set of unmistakable aromas provided by the grapes adding the complexity due to the partially late harvest.
Thanks to the low alcohol content this delightful fizzy wine is pleasantly easy to drink and particularly enjoyable as summer refreshing beverage, with delicate cheeses or even foie gras.