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2016 Moscato d’Asti 'Il Giaj', Agricola Ferraris

2016 Moscato d’Asti 'Il Giaj', Agricola Ferraris

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The Ferraris story begins in nineteenth century when Luca’s great-grandfather Luigi emigrated to America during the gold rush and sent what he mined back to his wife in Italy to purchase a house and land. In 1923 his son purchased the four hectare vineyard called Il Casot, and begun to make and sell his own wine. Luca's father inherited these vines but worked in Turin, so sold the grapes to the local cooperative until 1999, when Luca took over the reins, restoring the old cellar and starting to make his own wine from the vineyards.

Of the seven municipalities where the Ruchè was found, Luca was the first to thin vineyards to improve their quality. He is now the region's largest grower, with just 18 hectares proucing some 80,000 bottles annually, and has even collaborated with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon in California to extract the most from this highly characterful variety. It is naturally high in aromatic terpenes for a red variety (look it up!), adding many floral qualities to the dark fruit.

This is one of the best Moscatos we’ve tried in a sea of commercial mediocrity – like chomping on a ripe Muscat grape. From south and south-west facing vineyards in the Asti district the grapes are picked when perfectly ripe then crushed and pressed; the resulting must is then stored at 0° C in refrigerated vats to preserve the intense, attractive aromas of the Moscato Bianco grapes before fermentation in pressurized tank (Charmat Method). A great, lighter start or finish to any meal.

Pale straw yellow in colour, lifted notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle, fresh white peaches. Good, clean fresh grape aromas - delicately sweet, with lovely lift and acidity, low alcohol (5.5%)

Wine info

  • Country:
    Italy
  • Region:
    Piedmont
  • Style:
    Sparkling
  • Vintage:
    2016
  • Producer:
    Agricola Ferraris
  • Size:
    75cl
  • Food Suggestions:
    All-Rounder
  • Grape Variety:
    Other

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