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This is an amazing sparkling wine if you like a slightly sweeter style of wine; and even if you don't, it manages to be both slightly sweet and yet very refreshing. It has the added benefit of being low in alcohol at 5.5%.
This is the flagship wine of family-owned La Spinetta, produced since 1978 when it was the first single vineyard Moscato ever made in Italy - Bricco Quaglia is the name of the vineyard. The Moscato d'Asti grape, known as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains in France, is the classic Muscat grape and in this region of Italy the best grapes go into Moscato d'Asti, the rest into the notorious Asti. Known for its floral aromatics and high sugar content, Moscato is also often seen in dessert wines. It is notoriously difficult to grow - yields must be kept low otherwise the sugar and the aromas disappear.
This 2016 wine is slightly sweet and very perfumed - but not cloyingly sweet or overpoweringly aromatic because of the citrus tang and lovely acidity. This makes it a light, fresh sparkling wine.
The wine is pale gold in colour, with aromas of grape, apple, pear and orange blossom. Flavours are similar to the aromas with added lychee, lemon and a hint of peach. This is quite a delicate wine with a fine mousse but elegant and medium-bodied. Beautiful with desserts; it cuts through chocolate and other rich desserts.
Please note that this bottle is not topped with a "champagne cork" but with a standard cork which should be removed carefully with your usual corkscrew.
Drink on its own as an aperitif or at parties if you want a low alcohol alternative or if you prefer a sweeter style of sparkling wine. Serve with desserts including rich desserts such as chocolate mousse and Christmas Pudding instead of sweeter more traditional dessert wines and with some cheeses including goats cheese
A sweeter style of sparkling wine yet surprisingly refreshing due to the citrus tang and lovely acidity. Drink on its own as an aperitif, at parties or with desserts including rich chocolate mousse or Christmas Pudding