Moscato 2017, a triumph of aromas
The new Moscato d’Asti DOCG Marcarini vintage will bring the flavour of just-pressed grapes to the table, with an incredible range of aromas, the result of a very particular year
As we reported in October, the 2017 harvest was marked by extreme dryness, with little rain during the year and limited accumulation of water reserves. These unusual weather conditions meant a reduction in the quantity of almost all grapes harvested. The Moscato grapes were no exception, with Macarini harvesting an average of 30% less.
In any event, a smaller harvest does not mean a loss of quality. On the contrary, especially for Moscato grapes, the heat increased the concentration of sugar and aromas in the berries, an essential factor for a wine that is drunk rather young, and which the more it is able to offer the fragrance of fresh fruit once in the glass, the more it is appreciated
What will Moscato d’Asti Marcarini 2017 be like?
It will be a fresh, young, profoundly aromatic product, with excellent drinkability given by a very fine perlage that cleanses the mouth, invites another glass, and makes the wine sweet but never sickly.
Three fermentations for a wine that is always fresh
Moscato is a wine that should always be drunk young and fresh. It does not need to rest in the bottle or age for a long time. Indeed, Moscato d’Asti DOCG is a partially fermented must which expresses the best of itself the more it is able to offer the bouquet and freshness of its original fruit.
To maintain this freshness and these aromas, Marcarini carries out three fermentations at three different times of the year. We have three different tanks in which, following pressing, temperature control ensures that natural fermentation process does not begin. The first Moscato must is fermented in October, immediately after harvesting, so that the first bottles come out for the Christmas festivities. The second fermentation occurs towards March, and the third is in summer, at the end of June/beginning of July.
A pairing we love
Moscato is a festive wine. It pairs perfectly with all fresh fruit, hazelnuts and all kinds of sweets, as long as they do not contain cocoa or chocolate (in which case we recommend a good Barolo Chinato for a flavour contrast that will surprise you).
However, if we had to recommend our favourite pairing, we would have no hesitation - Moscato d’Asti DOCG Marcarini with vanilla and strawberry ice-cream… fantastic!
P.S. Don’t forget that Moscato d’Asti is perfect with panettone and pandoro, perhaps more obvious pairings, but none the less ones that never disappoint.