21/09/03 – Michele Chiarlo (Italy) ‘Nivole’ Moscato d’Asti 2002

Michele Chiarlo (Italy) ‘Nivole’ Moscato d’Asti 2002
How amazing that a supermarket chain can stock a wine like this. I am a huge fan of good Moscato d’Asti, but it is incredibly difficult to find in UK stores, usually through only a few specialists. Here, Booths have secured a parcel of a gorgeous wine from top maker Michele Chiarlo in a delightful half-bottle size. This comes from 25-year-old grapes in a single vineyard. If you haven’t tasted one of these ethereally delicate wines you are in for a treat: 5.5% alcohol and gentley sparkling, this has an uplifting fragrance of blossom, spring flowers, apricot and delicate strawberry or violet creams. On the palate it has a magical sweetness of sherbet and summer fruits, with fresh, chilled grape notes and a sublime balance thanks to impeccable acidity. This is a real treat. Booths, £4.99 per 37.5cl