People don’t take Moscato seriously enough. I’m not talking about sugar rich alco-pop impersonators, I’m talking proper good Italian Moscato d’Asti (as sparkling with Moscato Giallo) gear or fermented dry as a table wine, (such as Brash Higgins Zibibbo with Muscat of Alexandria). Here we have the Chalmers family (who have supported so many labels with their Italian varieties) producing a frizzante (sparkling) style made with wild yeast on full lees contact.
Chalmers, Montevecchio, Moscato Giallo, Frizzante, Heathcote, 2020
Bright and tightly, lightly effervescent. Light sherbet, pineapple core, fennel seed, minced ginger and yellowbox honey. A cut above most Moscato: the lees contact provides tangible texture to the mid palate generosity and silkiness. Persistence driven through bright acidity. I would be very interested to see how this ages over the next couple of years.
Rating: 17.75/20 (91/100)
Wine sample courtesy Chalmers Wines