ASTI SPUMANTE DOCG
The aromatic spumante par excellence, the product that made Moscato a household word worldwide. A feather in the cap of Italian oenology. Asti spumante is a shining example of a fruitful union between vineyard cultivation, agribusiness and industry. This winning collaboration has resulted in a spumante that is truly representative of the Piedmont region, home to great wines.
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DOCG status awarded in 1993
Varietal: Moscato Bianco
Max yield: 10 t/ha
Color: straw to golden yellow
Perlage: fine, persistent
Aroma: fragrant, floral, with hints of lime and acacia
The color is straw yellow. The bubbles, tiny and persistent, penetrate the nose and palate with sweet intensity.
Asti spumante, like the grapes it is made from, has a fresh aroma, rich with floral fragrances and notes of ripe fruit. The most easily recognized are those of acacia, wisteria, orange and bergamot flowers, as well as hints of sage and lemon.
The characteristic aroma of Moscato varies slightly depending on the location of the vineyards, the soil composition and the microclimate of each hillside.
Processing calls for the refrigeration of the grape juice at zero degrees until the second fermentation. This can be accomplished either according to the “Martinotti” method, in large, pressurized tanks, or according to the “Metodo classico”, with the second fermentation occurring in the bottle.DISCOVER THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
The production process
The bunches are pressed gently, using modern bladder presses. The must obtained is clarified in order to eliminate small particles and any other undesired components that may be present. The limpid must is then cooled and poured into large vats, where it is repeatedly filtered using crossflow filters to prevent the onset of spontaneous fermentation.
Alcoholic fermentation now begins, at controlled temperatures, thanks to the addition of selected yeasts. When the desired alcohol content and residual sugar level are reached, fermentation is halted by cooling the liquid, and the yeasts are eliminated by centrifugation or filtration. This process results in Asti Spumante from Brut Nature to sweet.
The spumante, prepared for the counterpressure bottling, is sterilized as it passes through a cartridge filter and then bottled.