A gently sparkling dessert wine with intense peach and tropical fruit flavours, delightfully silky.
Michele Chiarlo is one of Piedmont’s most prestigious winemakers, producing outstanding wines from some of the most exceptional sites in Piedmont, including Barolo’s world famous Cannubi and Cerequio vineyards. Founded in 1956 by Michele Chiarlo and now run by his sons Alberto and Stefano, the Chiarlo philosophy “is to capture the terroir” and with judicious use of oak they develop some wines for ageing and some which can be enjoyed earlier. Their stunning collection of Barolo and Barbera wines consistently receive 90+ points from Wine Advocate, James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast.
Spring saw abundant rainfall, which restored the depleted aquifers from the dry 2017 vintage. Excessive rain in May and June required vigilance in the vineyard; however the vines avoided disease. High temperatures in August were followed by cooler nights in the latter part of August and September, encouraging aromatic development. The Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes reached excellent physiological and phenolic maturation; while the whites are recognised for their great freshness, elegance and intense aromatic profile. 2018 was an excellent vintage for Michele Chiarlo.
The grapes come from the vineyards in the heart of this historic area, which have been carefully selected and are the most suited to this grape variety. The vines are planted in a south east and south west orientation to maximise the sun’s exposure and are cultivated according to the Guyot method. The vineyard soils are of sedimentary and marine origin which consist of mostly chalk with traces of lime. The manual harvest takes place when the grapes have reached optimum maturity.
The grapes were gently pressed and the must stored at temperatures of -2°C. A slow fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel autoclaves until the alcohol level reached 5%. During this process, part of the carbon dioxide developed during fermentation remained “entrapped”, imparting the wine with its mild, natural effervescence. The temperature was then lowered to 0°C to arrest the fermentation and also to retain the natural sweetness and freshness of the Moscato grape. The wine was micro filtered to give the wine its clarity, purity and prevent any further fermentation of the yeasts.
Floral aromas are seamlessly complemented by peach and apricot notes on the fragrant bouquet. The gently sparkling palate is delicate, light and creamy; with a silky texture and a refreshing finish.
An iconic dessert wine, try with soft chestnut cream in crispy waffles.
Winemaker: Stefano Chiarlo & Gianni Meleni
Sub region: Moscato d’Asti
Dry/Sweet value: 5 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 121
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Formats Available: 37.5cl