Moscatello Passito Secolo IX
WHITE SWEET WINE
Varieties: Moscato Bianco “Casauriense” biotype
Designation: Moscatello passito Colline Pescaresi IGT
District: Castiglione a Casauria, Pescara, Abruzzo
Vineyards: Coste San Felice
Soil: clay and limestone
Year of planting: 2005
Altitude: 300 m asl
Training system: vertical-trellised
Type of pruning: Guyot
Plants per hectare: 4000
Grape yield per hectare: 100 quintals
Harvest: Third decade of August 2013
Seasonal weather trend: a coolish spring and hot, quite dry summer; August was very hot and allowed the grapes to ripen fast and furious.
Drying: on the vine after pinching of the petiole by hand.
Fermentation: in steel at 18 °C, with inoculated yeasts.
Ageing: in barrique for at least 12 months.
Analytical data: ABV 13.5%; sugars 115 g/l; total acidity 6 g/l; pH 3.30
Pairings: Perfect with marbled cheeses or to close a meal with fancy biscuits.
Serving temperature: 10–12 °C
Moscatello Passito Secolo IX: Intense golden hues. Dried apricot, dried figs and citron on the nose with toasty hints. A rich, lingering yet fresh palate, not at all cloying.