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What kind of wine is Moscato?
A fruity and sweet wine, without high alcohol content, is coming together to form this friendly and approachable wine. A versatile wine, that pairs well with many foods, desserts especially, although its sweetness does stand out. Because of this Moscato is a great entry wine that compliments almost anything it accompanies.
Produced from one of the oldest grape varieties known to man, ‘Muscat’. Possibly brought to Italy by the Romans from ancient Egypt this grape has made its way around the world and has over 200 varieties. In Australia, the wine is available in several locations and the Hunter Valley Moscato being one of the more noteworthy.
The wine itself is very aromatic and in addition to its sweetness, it also has a light body. While great to use with the main course or entrée. Moscato can be nicely paired with desserts, like cakes, sorbets, and pancakes too.
Is Moscato wine sweet or dry?
In essence, Moscato is a sweet wine and is full-bodied. It also pleasing to the nose with its fruity aromas, ranging from lemons, honeysuckle, pears, as well as oranges. In Italy, from where this wine originates, the wine is regulated, and the variety used is quite specific, namely Moscato Bianco. Hunter Valley Moscato, however, enjoys more freedom in the selection of grapes, Muscat Giallo, Muscat of Alexandria, and Brown Muscat being the more popular choices.
Because of this, their different producers will have their own version of the taste. This goes from fully sweet, to sweet to slightly dry and can be bobbly, frizzante or still.
Best Moscato Wines from Hunter Valley
Dolce Per Tutti Moscato from Peterson House
Opening up the gateway to the Hunter Valley, Peterson cellar door has a large selection of wines, Hunter Valley Moscato included. This particular wine is meant for everyone, as is reflected in its name, meaning ‘sweet for everyone’, recalling the wine’s Italian taste and Heritage. It ends up being crisp and clean, with a rich sweetness that is offset by bubbly acidity. Best served very chilled, along with some desserts like cheesecake or some fruits.
Sparkling Moscato NV from Bimbadgen
Experience, a part of Bimbadgen’s Sparkling range, the pleasure through a bouquet of aromas. The pallet too has floral flavours, and natural luscious sweetness. It is also quite lively with a fine spritz. The wine itself is made from juice immediately removed grapes that were pressed and crushed while still chilled. They bring about the delicate sweetness by stopping the fermentation at 6% alcohol. as with most Moscato try this wine now instead of cellaring it.
Earlybird Moscato by Hungerford Hill Cellar door
A vintage wine, whereby early picking and bottling. Stricks a balance between the sweetness and the fruity flavours. As is with all Moscato the wine is light in alcohol and carries a strong fragrance from this Hungerford Hill boutique estate. Along with sweet fruit flavours, the wine is lively and spritz keeping the palate balanced.
NV Sparkling Moscato by Hanging Tree Wines
A sweet sparkling wine, from the Hanging Tree estate. You’d experience a delicate scent of ripe red strawberries, pint fairy floss, and toffy apple. The construction of the wine further adds to its allure. With an alcohol volume of 5.9%, it is quite light and suitable for any occasion. Cheese or a brunch with bacon would go great with this wine.
Sparkling Moscato by Petersons Wines
Lightly carbonated and with a light pint tint, you should relish this sparkling wine now, rather than cellaring it. Whiffs of sweet fruity confectionery rose petal and Turkish delight, lead the aroma from the wine. Complimenting the fragrance are flavours of sherbet finish and fresh fruit, leaving a gently cleansed pallet. It’s best to experience this wine now with either cake or fresh fruit.
Pairing notes for Moscato wines
Due to the sweetness of the Moscato, the best pairings go with the opposing flavours of sour, spice, and salt. The sweetness, especially, makes it go well together with appetizers, desserts, and brunches. Thus, even though there aren’t many matches with mains, there are many other dishes to go with your Hunter Valley Moscato.
You don’t have to stop savouring hot and spicy food as the low alcohol content and the imbued sweetness, quench the flames of the spices. Plus, spices that have a strong aroma, like ginger and saffron also flow nicely with the sweetness of the Moscato. Again, you’ll find Salty foods, certain cured meats as well as nuts and seeds being complimented by the sweetness of the wine.
You could also use the sweetness to your advantage with deserts. The wine brings out the complexity of both vanilla and chocolate cakes. The fruity flavour of the wine naturally pairs it with fruits and berries. In fact, rather than ending a meal start your day with a sweet breakfast with waffles or pancakes and topped with whip cream or honey with a side of Hunter Valley Moscato.
To sum up, Moscato wine is simply a fruity, sweet, and full-bodied wine with low alcohol content. This allows it to accompany various occasions, and dishes while being easy to approach for anyone. If you are planning to visit Hunter Valley on a day trip from Sydney to taste the best Hunter Valley Moscato, contact Hunter Valley Wine Tours for a customise quotation for your group requirements.