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Chiara di Moscato

From the material ... to the spirit

Chiara was the name of a girl with topaz-green eyes I met in 1985 and it seemed to me the right name for this newborn aqua vitae from grapes.

The Fior d’Arancio Moscato bunches had the same fresh  light and put you in a good mood just by looking at them.

The primary aroma of this variety has no equal: fruity, sweet notes with a hint of citrus to recall tangerine and orange blossoms - hence the name ‘Fior d’Arancio’.

This Moscato variety, different from White Moscato and the so called ‘Cannelli’ Moscato from the Piedmont region, is grown on Colli Euganei, at the border between the lower Vicenza province and the Padua province.

It was nice to go to Vo’ Euganeo and “fix” the price of grapes with Mr. Ugo Zatterin, one of the most qualified vine growers in the area. He was a handsome farmer, nearly eighty years old, very thin and full of energy.

The moscato's drop

The collar of his shirt four size larger, sunburned skin and eyes full of light.

Each time he would invite me into his kitchen and start discussing the price of grapes.

Every year the same pantomime, with him shouting that his grapes were worth twice the market price, and me replying that at those prices it would have been cheaper to grow them myself, and so on for a good half hour. In the end, inevitably, I was the one to give in, you could not overcome someone like that, with eighty vintages of price bargaining behind him.  A good handshake, faking a frown at each other as if to say “ you got the deal” but knowing full well  we both had.

I must say it had become a lovely fight, repeating  itself every year at the beginning of August, when prices began to emerge on the market according to vintage expectations.

Glera grape

When he died it was as if his vineyard had gone with him, and together with them a whole way to farm.  Now his grapes are brought to the wine cooperative on Colli Euganei, a splendid association bringing together big and small vine growers devoted to quality as Mr. Zatterin used to be.

Jacopo Poli
 

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Grape Brandy aromatic single variety, single-vintage

Chiara di moscato

Single-vintage Grape Brandy, aromatic single variety, refined at least 6 months in stainless steel vessels

A range of spirits from individual vine species of a single year. Each individual factor determining the quality of the product has been brought to its maximum expression.

Raw material raised to pure spirit.

Chiara di moscato From the material ... to the spirit


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Features

Raw material: grapes of White Muscat from Euganean Hills (Veneto)
Distillation: artisanal, in small lots, with a discontinuous bain-marie still
Aroma: flowers (rose, magnolia), herbs (sage)
Taste: sweet with a light touch of citrus fruit
% Alc - Content: 40% Alc./Vol - 500 ml
Service: at temperature of 18/20 °C - 65/68 °F in a tulip-shaped glass

Chiara di Moscato, Moscato Grape Brandy - Poli package

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