Muscat du Cap Corse: Domaine Pieretti 2018
This Muscat wine is an orange blossom-scented, golden-hued nectar from Corsica. With a palate of sweet, ripe apricots it is traditionally enjoyed chilled in situ as a pre-prandial sharpener, but works equally well as partner to fruit-based desserts.
Up on the Cap Corse promontory, outside the village of Luri, Lina Pieretti-Venturi makes a wonderful sweet Muscat de Cap Corse from a precious parcel of 2 hectares of vines that have been handed down through her family. It is an outstanding Muscat - aromatic, 'vin doux naturel' with a heady orange blossom bouquet. The beautifully balanced palate offers luscious, white summer fruits.
|Style||White Wine, Moelleux, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Muscat|
|Food & Wine Matching||Dessert|
|Cellarage||Ready to drink from bottling but will age gracefully for 5+ years|
|Vinification||Very ripe grapes are late harvested, crushed and fermented at low temperatures. Fermentation is then arrested by a process of mutage as a precise volume of pure alcohol is added to the wine to kill off any yeast activity.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||16.5|
Lina Pieretti-Venturi is one of only four winemakers on the Cap Corse (the northernmost peninsula) and one of only two female vignerons on the whole Island of Corsica. Lina farms 11 hectares of vine holdings just outside Santa Severa, near Luri from which she produces tiny volumes of dry rosé and sweet Muscat wines.
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