Moscadello di Montalcino is produced in three types: Still, Sparkling and Late Harvest. In our day this wine is much appreciated for its characteristic harmony And for its Muscat aroma, which can be expressed in the three types, produced.
The peculiarities of this rare and precious wine have been codified in the disciplinary rules of the DENOMINATION OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN (D.P.R. 13/11/84 and subsequent modifications).
To look at, Moscadello di Montalcino is a faded straw yellow colour for the Sparkling type, which tends to become darker in the Still type and more light golden in the Late Harvest type.
Characteristic odour: it manifests an aroma of balanced, fresh Muscat, with floral nuances for the Late Harvest type. The palate is pleasantly quenched by the sweetness and aromatic harmony of the Still type while the Sparkling type provides the tempting vivacity of a light perlage. The Late Harvest type boasts the velvety elegance and embrace of a dessert wine.
The Still and Sparkling Moscadello di Montalcino should be drunk young, while the Late Harvest type develops its best expression as the years go by.
Accompaniments for Moscadello di Montalcino
Its natural place is at the end of a meal, a pleasant accompaniment to pastry and dry desserts.
Production Rules of Moscadello di Montalcino
Moscadello di Montalcino obtained its recognition as a DENOMINATION OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN wine with the D.P.R. 13/11/1984, with modifications ensuing subsequently. The rules established by the disciplinary regulations in vigour according to the Decree of 28/9/1995 are as follows:
- Production area: Montalcino Township
- Variety: White Muscat
- Maximum yield of grapes: 100 quintals per hectare for the Still and sparkling types, 50 quintals for the Late Harvest type
- Ratio of grape yield to wine: 65% for the Still and Sparkling types, 45% for the Late Harvest.
- Can be sold: not before January 1rst of the second year after the harvest for the Late Harvest
- Colour: straw yellow for the Still type, with fine, lively foam for the Sparkling, from straw yellow to golden yellow for the Late Harvest type.
- Odour: delicate, fresh and persistent.
- Taste: aromatic, sweet and harmonious, typical of the Muscat grape.
- Minimum alcohol content: 10.5% Vol. for the Still and Sparkling types, 15% Vol, of which 11,5% Vol developed and 3,5 % Vol in potential, for the Late Harvest type.
- Minimum total acidity: 5 per thousand for the Still and Sparkling, 4 per cent for the Late Harvest type.
- Minimum net dry extract: 17 per thousand for he Still and Sparkling, 22 per thousand for the Late Harvest type.