Michele Chiarlo - Moscato d'Asti Nivole 2017
Michele Chiarlo - Moscato d'Asti Nivole 2017 (89 TSW)
Normally I am not a big fan of Moscato d’Asti but for this wine I make an exception.
You can even drink this wine on the terrace as aperitif.
The vineyard is bordered to the north by Asti and the Tanaro river, to the south by the Bormida river and “together comprising a zone, which good right to call itself the zone of the Moscato”
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the medium+ nose typical aromas of flowers, peach and mandarin with hints of lemon and apricot.
On the palate light creamy with nice acidity, small bubble and sweetness showing flavours of peach and apricot. The medium+ finish shows lemon, honey and sweet spices.
The earth is white, sandy, of sedimentary marine origin.
Soft pressing of the entire grape, the must is stored in a tank at -2°C followed by slow fermentation in an autoclave at a controlled temperature until achieving an alcohol content of 5%. During this process, a part of the carbon dioxide developed during fermentation remains “entrapped”, giving the wine its mild, natural effervescence.
Before bottling, it then undergoes a process of micro-filtration to give the wine its clarity, purity and stop any further fermentation of the yeasts.
Michele Chiarlo’s mission, over the past 60 years, has been to collect the best vineyards of Piemonte in the Barbera d’Asti and Nizza, Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato and Gavi regions. In three words you can describe Michele Chiarlo’ wines with these principles: “only from great vineyards, only indigenous vines, only vinification in purity”. These wines are 100% indigenous, obtained from Piedmont vineyards and vinified in purity – Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato, Cortese – without the assemblage of international varieties.