moscato-d-asti
2015

G.D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti

Italy, Piedmont

Intoxicating and totally individual style – with just 5.5% alcohol. Pale yellow, sweet and delicately sparkling, really persistent and creamy. Aromas and flavours of elderflower, stone fruit – apricots and peach – with citrus, followed by herbal notes. A soft, fresh mousse expands in the mouth to display a lively peach and apricot character and a clean, fresh finish.”

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£12.95

MWS: 97

Origin

Moscato grapes are sourced from the Riforno vineyard in Mango, above the Tanaro river and part of the Moscato d'Asti appellation. The 2.5 hectare vineyard is south-facing and planted on a very steep slope; at 420-470m above sea level, the high altitude serves to preserve the acidity of the grape, which balances the sugar content, and the extended ripening periods develops the complexity of the juice.

Grape Variety

100% Moscato.

Once ripened, the grapes are hand-picked and sorted. Fermentation occurs over a limited period under pressure in stainless steel tanks, stopped to preserve the natural grape sugars and gentle effervescent quality.

Alcohol Percentage

5.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 18 months.

Producer

G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 by the then teenager Aldo Vajra - named after his father, Giuseppe Domenico - reclaiming the family-run vineyards since they were taken over by share-croppers after World War II. Over the years Aldo has increased area under vine - now up to 40 hectares of extensive holdings in Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne.

Aldo employs his two sons and a young work force, adhearing to traditional winemaking methods, adapting them to modern winemaking technology and combining with new techniques to produce a cutting edge selection whilst respecting and celebrating tradition.

Food Match

Excellent accompaniment to cake (try it with a classic Victoria sandwich), or a simple fruit salad.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

In the press

"How many wines make you want to start dancing? I love the perfumed frivolity of this wine. Sweet, frothy and perfumed, it's a wonderful expression of the Moscato grape. The alcohol is low, the flavours are fresh and aromatic. What's not to like? Try it with a bowl of strawberries." Tim Atkin MW

Bronze- Sommelier Wine Awards 2015

Bronze- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2014 Vintage)

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