About This Wine
This extraordinary Moscato was awarded the coveted Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri in 2017 (an extraordinary feat for a wine style so often associated with frivolity). A revelation - this Moscato is drawn from a single hectare of 70 year old vines in Cassinasco, on a south facing limestone hillside within the newly ratified Canelli DOCG (some 10 kilometres from Boido's winery). Of the 52 townships that may carry the denomination Moscato DOCG, only 22 are included in this historically renowned subzone. History tells us that Moscato fruit has been cultivated in this area - surrounding the town of Canelli - as far back as the 13th century. 2016 is only the second release of this wine, and its first under the new DOCG 'Canelli'. The perfume offers intense notes of grapefruit, jasmine, and orange pulp, while the palate is lively, zesty and complex with crystalline freshness and gentle bubbles. It's a wine more than capable of expressing itself with complex food and especially salty foods. Of course, it can work with the classics - hazelnut-based desserts, fruit and cream tarts etc. - but it also has the intensity and mineral drive to partner with all kinds of savoury foods, à la a good Mosel. Ca' d'Gal's restaurant matches this with everything from cured meats, foie gras, cured fish and Brös, the tangy ricotta and grappa specialty of the region.
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Wines of Piedmont
In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.
Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.
The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.
By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.
While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.