Vietti Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta 2019

Size: 750

About This Wine

This is one of Italy’s finest! This Moscato hails from the highly acclaimed Piedmont wine region in the north of Italy. Lightly sweet and floral, this fresh and zesty sparkling wine oozes with flavours of mandarin orange sorbet, passion fruit and candied ginger. Great summer drinking and an ideal aperitif, try it with Asian dishes and lobster. It also goes perfectly with pastry, fruit based and creamy desserts, and blue cheeses.

Type Champagne & Sparkling
Varietal(s) Moscato
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Brand Vietti
Vintage 2019

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.

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