Moscato d’Asti Zagara
Moscato d’Asti Zagara is crafted at the Marchesi di Barolo historical cellars. Located in the town of Barolo, in a building overlooking the Castle of the Marquis Falletti.
Today the Abbona Family continues the work that began more than two centuries ago of producing high quality wines that continue to enrich, year after year. The history of this important cellar is where a combination of modernity and tradition continue to consistently produce world class wines. A great heritage of vineyards and knowledge has been passed down from parents to children for over five generations and will continue to be passed down to future generations.
Grape Type: Moscato
Soil: The grapes used in the production of Moscato d’Asti come from vineyards grown on hills characterised by medium slurry marl and dominated by quartzes sand and silt, that can bring an abundance of trace elements while ensuring an immediate expression of the bouquet.The vines are grown with Guyot (VSP trellised) system. The vineyards are located on steep gradients hills, that allow a perfect maturation of the grapes.
Weather conditions: With Piedmonte being surrounded on three sides by the Alps, it has an interesting georgraphy that influences the weather and climate. The geography of Piedmont is 43.3% mountainous, along with extensive areas of hills (30.3%) and plains (26.4%).
Piedmont has a humid subtropical climate that is mild with no dry season, constantly moist (year-round rainfall). Summers are hot and muggy with thunderstorms. Winters are mild with precipitation from mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate.
Wine making / Ageing:
The grapes are collected and quickly taken to the cellar where they are destemmed and delicately crushed to extract only the most noble and aromatic notes from the peel and the outer area of the berries. The must is immediately refrigerated and later it is partially fermented in autoclaves so that the carbon dioxide, which produces the lively bubbles, remains partially dissolved in the wine. Fermentation is then stopped by means of refrigeration, in order to leave approximately 140 grams of sugar per litre.
Tasting: There are abundant fine beads in this straw-yellow sparkling wine that boasts golden highlights. The fragrance is intense and full of aromatic scents, especially those of orange, peach and apricot flowers, which is perfectly balanced with the low alcohol content and the moderate acidity, making this wine pleasantly fresh.
Food Pairing: Moscato d’Asti Zagara is a sweet and aromatic wine and it is an ideal contrasting companion to chilli spice meals. It works really well with Hunan food and Sichuan food. For western food pairing, look to match this with sweets or desserts.