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The flavour of sweet fresh grapes, blessed with floral scents and the hauntingly delicate aroma of white peaches. Gently effervescent Italian delight and only 5% alcohol.
Product Code: IT27611
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The Perrone family has been producing moscato here, on the hills to the south of Asti in north-western Italy, since the end of the 19th century. The current – fifth – generation is Stefano Perrone, who used to be a racing driver, but took over this interesting family estate in 1989. Ever since, he has been instrumental in creating the estate’s reputation for unfaltering quality and distinctive personal style. The family has 13 hectares of vineyards, situated at 350 metres above sea level, which benefit from plenty of sunshine. There are small amounts of chardonnay and some terrific old-vine barbera, but the star remains the moscato grape used to make their light, sparkling wines, which now include single-vineyard varieties. The one we stock is from a single vineyard called Sourgal and is the finest moscato we know.
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo. In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes. Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
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"Colour: Gently sparkling, very pale lemon yellow. Aroma: Aromatic and sweet, honeysuckle, orange blossom, apricot, sage, stone fruits like peach and lychee. Taste Light, refreshing with a wonderful creaminess from the soft bubbles. The sweet fruit squash, mandarin orange, grape, lychee and apricot palate is lifted by vital acidity. Good finish. Overall: This is so moreish, impossible to put down. Sweet but not at all heavy, long after-taste, balanced. Light, fresh, refined and elegant, this is great value, highly recommend."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (01-Feb-2019)
"Ripe, fruity, gentle fizz and not at all cloying, I'd buy it again. Delicious with a orange/polenta cake, converted a friend who said he never drinks dessert wines."
Miss Joanna Lory (03-Sep-2018)
Mrs Pamela Alden (29-Aug-2018)
"Great Moscato d'Asti! Fragrant and floral with gentle bubbles and honeyed notes on the palate. Easy drinking, and perfect as a spring's day drink! Good value for money too."
Mrs Inbar Galinsky-Johnson (01-May-2018)
"Hugely versatile alternative to cloying, sweet pudding wines. This never fails to surprise but in a pleasing way. We have had this with fruit puddings, with their usual mix of acidity and sweetness, and it copes well, but can also be used as a refreshing alternative to cut through a creme brulee. Its low alcohol and has a light fizz which combined with the peachy/melony taste refreshes the tongue. Expect raised eyebrows and refills."
Mr Simon Gill (10-Apr-2018)
The Evening Standard (24th Dec 2018)
"A gently bubbling
sweet white at just 5% alcohol is the perfect Boxing Day wind-down glass with a
light fruit cake after a bracing walk to stop you from going over the
indulgence brink. Beautifully floral and peachy."
Daily Mail (23rd Jun 2018)
"The crisp finish
snaps the palate back into shape after the bubbles subside. - Matthew Jukes"
"Light, floral and honeyed with great length. A perfect tipple for an evening basking in the sun."
Mr Eain Green (31-Jul-2017)
"Perfect with Pavlova or Eton Mess!"
Mr Nick Foster (16-May-2017)
"Summer in a glass!"
Miss Claire Chapman (12-May-2017)
"Delicious, light and refreshing. Just as good as the previous vintage."
Dr Pippa Lane (04-Apr-2017)
Times of Tunbridge Wells (28th Jun 2017)
"Chic, gently fizzy
and lightly sweet Italian dessert nectar. For easy sipping on languid summer
mid-afternoons and early evenings, a glass of this classy, gently sweet, gently
fizzy low-alcohol Moscato d'Asti is a budget alternative to demi-sec Champagne.
With its teasing prickling fizz and vivid summer meadow, peach, floral and
lustrous grapey aromatics and flavours, this invigorating Piemontese take on
muscat would happily handle a fruit salad or bowl of strawberries served plain
with a little sugar. - James Viner"
The Daily Telegraph (24th Jun 2017)
"35 Best Wines for
Summer: As sweet as a ripe peach, with a waft of wisteria and the juicy smell
of ripe grapes … a good moscato is summer in a glass. And some more good news:
because it's not a dry wine, it's also low in alcohol. Drink with strawberries. - Victoria Moore"
The Daily Mail (17th Jun 2017)
"Moscato has a double
meaning of both the grape Muscat and also the sparkling, sweet style of wine
which this superb grape makes. Asti, in Piemonte, makes the most famous,
frothy sweeties in the world and this is an elite version – heaven with summer
strawberries, this is a positively dreamy style of wine. - Matthew Jukes"
JancisRobinson.com (10th May 2017)
"Soapy, citrus, lemon
sherbet. Such a refresher! Really light and easy and full of enjoyable grape
juice flavours. 15.5/20 - Richard Hemming"
The Daily Telegraph (6th May 2017)
this effervescent, sweet wine tastes of fresh grapes and blossom. Made for
summer. Drink with strawberries. - Victoria Moore"
The Wine Gang (2nd May 2017)
"The latest vintage of
this perennially fantastic low alcohol, sweet fizz from northern Italy once
again puts a smile on your face. Juicy with elderflower prettiness and apple
crunch with frothy fizz, it provides relentless pleasure from start to finish
and is just as good by itself as it would be with desserts. - The Wine Gang"
"We loved this wine and will definitely be buying more. It's absolutely incredible value in our humble opinion. It's a sweet, fresh, bubbly, complex white wine - perfect for summer."
Mr Mike George (15-Mar-2017)
Dr Pippa Lane (24-Dec-2016)
Tamworth Journal (23rd Dec 2015)
"A wonderful fragrant Moscato d'Asti … effervescent, aromatic fruity and sweet. At only 5% alcohol it's almost as good as being on the wagon! - Rob Price"
Bite Magazine (4th Dec 2015)
"This is the perfect
glass of bubbly for when people drop by, particularly in that weird afternoon
period which could begin a slippery slope of an evening. It’s a softly
sparkling, gently sweet, gloriously celebratory glass of fizz, the kind to
bring a smile to even the darkest scrooge. And because it’s low in alcohol it’s
great in the afternoon. The grapey sweetness is the gold foil on every mince
pie and cake, but it also works surprisingly well with cheese and biscuits so
you can roll out whatever bits you’ve got in the kitchen and the moscato will
transform them into a feast. - Nikki Welch"
"Lovely refreshing drink to have on its own or with chicken dishes; low alcohol levels make it a nice choice for that lighter drink at the end of the day"
Mr John Cartwright (16-Apr-2015)
"Fun, fruity and beautifully balanced. Something different to surprise and delight guests instead of the more usual "pudding wines". With clotted cream ice cream, marmalade bread and butter pudding - a total, inexpensive delight."
Mr Piers Williams (30-Jan-2015)
East Yorkshire Journal (17th Dec 2014)
often gets a bad press but I love it. That grapey, fruity smell and the
unmistakable sweet flavour of muscat grapes is a delight and it can be quite
sophisticated. Try [this] for the ridiculously cheap price of £7.50. It is
jam-packed with light, refreshing grape flavours that are simply yummy. - Phil Parrish"
The Times (13th Dec 2014)
"Racing driver turned
winemaker Stefano Perrone is the fifth generation here and his mouthwatering,
floral, foamy, musky hot-house grape-licked 2013 is a joy to pop open during
the festive season as it makes a great palate-cleanser between courses at
feasts. - Jane MacQuitty"
Surrey Advertiser (10th Apr 2014)
"Its sweet grapey,
pear-tinged bubbles are a delight with white chocolate puddings
as well as fruit salads. - Heather Dougherty"
"We opened this on Christmas morning and it refreshed the palate wonderfully without dulling the brain at such an early hour."
Mr Richard Holmes (17-Jan-2014)
"I was unable to acquire any of the 2011 vintage so I took a gamble and ordered the 2012. It paid off!
This is simply the best Moscato d'Asti I have ever sampled. Fresh, fruity, floral and slips down far too easily. It is sweet but the sugar is perfectly balanced by the refreshing acidity. It is crying out for a fruit based desert - I think I need to order a case or two so I can try some food matches!"
Mr Richard Pfleger (10-Jan-2013)
Western Mail (17th Aug 2013)
"A fantastic little
sparkler which just begs for a warm sunny day with the lovely bouquet of sweet
jasmine and honeyed fruit. The sweet apricot, citrus and raisin notes on the
palate are never cloying due to the bright acidity throughout. So much flavour
for a wine that has the delicate alcohol of 5% and this style of wine would be
the perfect accompaniment to a tarte tatin. - Neil Cammies"
"Lovely wine. Nice and sweet and smooth on the palate. Definitely will be purchasing this again!"
Mr Nick Rodrigues (13-Sep-2012)
"I served this up as the final wine in a public wine tasting in July and it was greatly appreciated. Many people there simply did not know that this type of wine existed and so it was something of a revelation to them. Its user-friendly sweet but light flavour went down a storm and the low alcohol content and very resonable price were defintely plus factors.
Mr Richard N L Black (05-Aug-2012)
"I entirely agree with the last review. This wine is wonderfully fragrant and fresh on the nose and the palate. Yes, it is sweet - very sweet - but there is just the right amount of acidity to balance the sweetness so it isn't remotely cloying. Drank it last night with blueberry tart and it more than held its own. I'm guessing it will be superb with peaches, melon etc. Better grab some more before everyone else discovers it..."
Mr Andrew Logan (06-May-2012)
"Can't believe that there isn't a comment about this delicious wine already.. But then again maybe nobody wants it becoming too popular and running out.. How can a wine be so light, fresh and packed full of character, yet also be so light and sweet... Delicious!"
Mr Michael C Smart (17-Apr-2012)
"An absolute winner with Tiramasu following a heavy Christmas dinner. The fizz, lightness and sweetness is a great pick me up without piling on the alcohol. I'm very glad I bought more than one bottle...!"
Ms Katy Benson (03-Jan-2012)
"We've been ordering this from the Society for years and usually drink it chilled with a dessert at any time of the year. Sometimes the occasion and the dessert mean something lighter and less alcoholic than a usual dessert wine is needed and this fits the bill."
Mr David A Elmes (21-Sep-2011)
"We drank this outside on the hottest day of the year so far (Sunday 26th June 2011 around 30C) and expected it to suit the occasion but I found this wine too sugary sweet (not grapey sweet). It took my palate some time to acclimatise and after that I was able to discern some faint grape flavours.
I don’t think this wine will excite serious wine drinkers. At 5% alcohol I think I would have enjoyed a cool lager more.
Mr Bill George (27-Jun-2011)
"This, well chilled, is a delicious wine for a fine summer's day. It has a light and refreshing pétillance (unlike the spumante version, full of gas). It is a little sweet but not cloyingly so; it is perfect with a light meal - prawns, salad, fruit - and can be drunk by itself. With only 5% alcohol, it won't give you palpitations in the night. It is the perfect thing to introduce young persons to wine and to begin their vinous education.
We have had a case, admittedly from various sources, in most of the last forty years; highly recommended. No household should be without in warm weather."
Dr Peter Jarvis (27-Apr-2011)
"We used this as our aperitif on Christmas Eve. Everybody liked it. Fruity, soft nose, considerable length, low alcohol, great lead-in. Very attractive and excellent value in a generally dodgy market area."
Mr John L Moles (26-Dec-2010)
"Nice delicate wine, not too sweet. Lighter than others I have tasted. Perhaps could be a little fuller, but excellent value."
Dr John Hood (16-Oct-2010)
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