In the south of Piedmont, where the hills of the Langhe
merge with those of Monferrato,
lies the home of the Moscato Bianco grape.
Piedmont, the home of “Moscato Bianco”:
the lower hills for the flavor, the higher hills for the aroma
Sixty kilometres of hills that begin at the Maritime Alps and deliquesce towards the valleys carved out of the land by the great rivers. The hills stand 200 to 600 meters tall and are cultivated with grape vines on the east, south and west facing slopes: the lower hills give the best concentration of flavour, while higher in the hills the best fragrances are produced. The vines to the east, nearer to the Padana Valley and the Mediterranean Sea, is the warmest. The coolest and highest terrain lies in the west.
The Moscato Bianco vine:
the most aromatic and fragrant of the Moscati
The Moscato Bianco is the most aromatic variety of the Moscato vine family. A natural aspect accentuated by virtuous cultivation: the winemakers of the Produttori Associati Moscato d’Asti follow their own particular protocol to grow quality grapes using eco-compatible agricultural techniques that produce more fragrant and pleasant wines.
The exclusive oenological tradition, born in Piedmont
Moscato presents itself as an overripe wine, sometimes a straw wine, it can be fortified wine, or dry, with an alcohol content of greater than 11.5%. The typically Piedmontese oenological technique produces a sweet, sparkling wine, with an alcohol content of 5%.
Used in the past when wine makers would filter the must and preserve them in the cool of caves and wells, even back then it produced a very sweet, sparkling and highly fragrant wine.
Today we use refrigerators, microfiltration, pressurised bottling: the result is a microbiologically stable wine of superior quality, that maintains its ancient, sparkling and fragrant sweetness.
Natincò, the wine with a unique personality
Unlike many other wines, the Moscato d’Asti owes its aromas exclusively to the naturally aromatic grapes that produce it. In appearance, it presents an original and pleasant sparkle, characterised by the copious production of bubbles that form a vivacious layer on the surface.
Above this foam, the intense perfumes of the grapes diffuse into the glass: they are reminiscent of white fruits like peach and apricot, the white flowers of tilia and sambuca, at times also sage and lemon. In the mouth, its originality – which distinguishes it from the other moscati – is represented by the balance between sweetness and acidity that, in symbiosis with the perlage, makes an elegant wine. There’s not an off note in the choir: the sweetness must be present, but it must be controlled by the freshness of the acidity and the bubbles.
Harmony is what’s needed, not strong components: only if well-orchestrated and harmonised do they produce a Natincò.