Growing Region: Asti Region, North-west Italy
Chief Winemaker: Danilo Drocco
I must admit it has been a few years now since I was last at Fontanafredda - but it has been a pleasure to see and taste the development in both the brand direction and quality of wines being crafted by Danilo and his team. Moscato d'Asti is justifiably having a renaissance, with these approachable, vibrantly lively and refreshing wines being enjoyed by the next generation of wine enthusiasts.
The fruit for this wine was grown in Serralunga d'Alba and Santo Stefano Belbo vineyards - which are located on hilly slopes, with the vines being well-exposed to good sunshine hours and fresh breezes which provide early ripening conditions for the Moscato grapes.
After harvesting the fruit in the first half of September, at their highest sugar level - (before dehydrating on the vine), plus a perfect balance of natural acidity. On arrival into the winery, the fruit underwent a soft pressing of the whole grapes, then a light fining and filtration of the must prior to the fermentation in pressurized tanks at low temperatures. After the fermentation was stopped at 5% Alc, the wine was then rested for 2 months in stainless tanks, before preparation for bottling and labelling. This style if wine is specifically crafted to be served and enjoyed in its youth. As soon as Moscato d'Asti hits the retail shelves and wine-lists, the wine is ready to be enjoyed.
As you pour this semi-sparkling wine into your flute, you will be greeted by a mild spritz in the glass and a pale straw colour with a lime hue. The wines delicate and elegant fragrance and aroma, come directing from the Moscato grapes, expressing orange blossom flowers, sage and white honey and subtle herbs.
This wine showcases both sides of the Moscato grape in equal measures, expressing the varietals sweet nature and then balanced by refreshing acidity. Then there are the subtle even casual bubbles which just lifts and engages the palate as it dances over the tongue.
The respectful and what could be described as adept winemaking (as extremely precise, to get a balanced result like this) - has crafted such and jovial wine in the glass. This semi-sparkling wine has a pleasantly citrus sweet taste that is very well-balanced and features honeysuckle, nashi pear and nicely refreshing acidity - leaving your taste buds want more.
This 2013 Fontanafredda ‘Le Fronde’ Moscato d'Asti DOCG has 5% Alc. Chill gently and serve in a flute or small narrow wine glass at 7-9°C.
An engaging and refreshing Moscato d'Asti DOCG wine.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 6 months, there will be no additional benefit in cellaring this vintage.
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Perfect wine as an aperitif, then its comes alive when served with fine, delicate dessert flavours and served with fresh fruits, plus mild blue cheeses - enjoy.