Massolino Moscato d’Asti 2017 375ml


The 2017 is a daisy-fresh Moscato bursting with frothy pineapple, sweet mint and tangy red apple aromas and flavours. It finishes dry, chalky, and super refreshing. Superb with desserts, it is also extremely seductive when served with mature, slightly spicy cheeses.

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One of my favourite producers from the region. This Moscato d’Asti sings with bright fresh primary fruitiness and a lovely crisply dry finnish. The result is something altogether more savoury and complex and yet every bit as delicious as the more typical examples.

Drawn from just 1.5-hectares of hand-harvested grapes, in Moscato terms the production here is tiny, and what’s more the vines are rooted in the prime calcareous soils of Serralunga d’Alba.

Founded in 1896, Massolino Winery, is based in and around the town of Serralunga, one of the prime sub-zones of the Barolo DOC. Massolino’s vineyards occupy some of the prime “crus” on the slopes of this sub zone. They own 16ha here, which includes the three “cru” vineyards of: Margheria, Parafada and Vigna Rionda. Due to the complex terrain in Serralunga, each of these vineyards has markedly different soil composition, exposure and micro-climate. The Margheria vineyard is one of the most important and famous cru vineyards of Serralunga, purchased by the Massolino’s towards the end of the 1950s. The soil is calcareous with a good percentage of sand, adding elegance, mineral and spicy notes to the wine. Nearby is the Parafada vineyard with marl lime soils, where the wine is characterised by rich berry, leather and vanilla notes. With a similar soil, the vineyard situated in Vigna Rionda is the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo.

Here is a family that clearly “gets it”. They understand that modern technology is very useful when seeking wines that are clean, pure and not oxidised. And yet they also know that you can take modern techniques too far and lose any sense of place and any refinement in the finished wine. These are wines that walk the tightrope between the old world and the new: pure, precise and vibrant yet distinctly regional. Even in the 2003 vintage the wines show a rare elegance. And they are well priced in comparison with the other top producers of the region.

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