Saracco Moscato d'Asti
Saracco Moscato d’Asti is as sweet and seductive as the hills where it is born and grows; as vibrant and sharp as the mountains that surround and protect the land on the horizon; refreshing and effervescent, like the wind rushing down from the Alps towards our hills. Served cold with its delicate and persistent bubbles, it is like a refreshing shower in summer.
Saracco Moscato d’Asti facts
Grapes: Moscato bianco Canelli 100%
Vineyards: Various around the village of Castiglione Tinella
Soil: Calcareous limestone with sandy veins
Total production: 650.000 bottles
Saracco Moscato d’Asti received 90 Points from The Wine Advocate
The Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2011 received 90 points from The Wine Advocate: “Saracco’s Moscato d’Asti 2011 wraps around the palate with serious depth and richness. Green apples, pears and white flowers flow through to the expressive, nuanced finish. Like most wines of the vintage, the 2011 is richer than normal, but there is no shortage of personality or pure class here.”
Saracco Moscato d’Asti Wines
For the producer Saracco wine is a metaphor for life. Nature, with its soils, sun, heat, water offers the winery in Castiglione Tinella a unique opportunity: Moscato. In a metaphore for life which repeats itself every year, Saracco give birth to Moscato and through Moscato every year they live the expectations, fatigue, hope, pains and pleasure that life offers to all of us. That is why they feel more blessed than skilled, more cultivators than technicians, more “of the land” than “of the market”. It must be clear, they are proud that so many people from all over the world tell the Saracco Moscato d’Asti wines are excellent. Their pride stems from being the link between the land that we walk on and the wine that this same land gives us. Perhaps this is not a philosophy, it is who they are, it is what this land offers to us.
Saracco Moscato d’Asti
Moscato d’Asti is one of the few so-called aromatic wines, because the aromas and perfumes that the grapes have are similar to those we find in the wine. Furthermore, moscato d’Asti has its cradle in the southern part of Piedmont, the only area where the moscato d’Asti vine grows, right where Saracco’s property lies.
All this helps explain Moscato Saracco’s uniqueness: the winemakers ability to trap all the aromas and perfumes of the grape into the bottle. Ultimately, this is the challenge of any moscato maker; to this challenge they come armed with our own philosophy. The Saracco family have been wine makers for four generations, always embracing new technologies as they arise. They have doubled production over the last years while safeguarding quality throughout the production process, from grape to glass. They have focused on one wine, the one that is naturally suited to our unique terroir, while most were trying to please the market with different varieties.
The result is a wine that becomes an integral part of the land the landscape. That is why Saracco Moscato d’Asti is as sweet and seductive as the hills where it is born and grows; as vibrant and sharp as the mountains that surround and protect the land on the horizon; refreshing and effervescent, like the wind rushing down from the Alps towards our hills. Served cold with its delicate and persistent bubbles, it is like a refreshing shower in summer.
Collection and storage
We gently press the grapes immediately after harvesting. We only take the outer part of the grape, the one with all the aromas and perfumes of moscato. Then we collect the juice in stainless steel tanks and maintain it at a temperature of -3 ° C.. By doing this we prevent the must from fermenting. Each tank corresponds to a day of harvesting and a specific part of our properties, each one with its own unique characteristics. The must remains in steel tanks at controlled temperature. While the market places orders, we start the process of fermentation, so that the wine hits the market as fresh as possible.
The juice from various tanks is first blended thoroughly and after that moved to autoclaves used to start fermentation. Unlike many wines, such as the single vineyard ones, moscato d’Asti aims at the best average quality. Here consistency across vineyards is the goal. Moscato d’Asti is therefore a result of blending together musts. This implies blending something that hasn’t begun the entire process of fermentation. This is a lot more difficult than blending wines, where you mix something that has already finished its process. The fermentation is activated by raising the temperature and allowing the natural yeasts to begin the transformation of sugar into alcohol. When the alcohol content reaches 5.5% and we achieve a perfect balance between acidity, sugars and alcohol, we lower the temperature in the autoclave and the fermentation stops. During fermentation, part of the carbon dioxide that is formed is freed in the air and part dissolves into the wine to create the lightly sparkling style. If we let the fermentation continue until the transformation of all the sugars into alcohol we would make a wine having an alcohol content of 14%.
Microfiltration and bottling
Subsequently, the wine is filtered via microfiltration to give it highest purity and transparency, then it is bottled. The pressure in the autoclave is about 2 atm, and goes down to about 1.5 atm after bottling. The sugar content in the bottle is about 140 g / L. In conclusion, the entire process of fermentation of Moscato d’Asti combines technology (steel tanks, sterilization, cold maceration) and extreme care in transferring aromas and perfumes from our grapes to the palate of our customers.
Website of Saracco Moscato d’Asti: http://www.paolosaracco.it