When a wine goes through fermentation, the grape's natural sugars are converted to alcohol by yeast. When a winemaker stops the fermentation process short, some of the wine's sugar remains unconverted into alcohol and makes up the wine's residual sugar (RS) content. It's this residual sugar that offers up the sweet factor in a wine.
In our El Novio Perfecto 2013 which is a semi sweet white wine conceived and crafted by two gentlemen at the peak of their profession: David Sampedro Gil, the man who took the Spanish wine scene by storm a few years ago, and Bruno Murciano, former Head Sommelier at the London Ritz Hotel and co-founder of DeVinos TASTESPAÑA UK. Separately vinified, the purpose of the winemakers was to produce a dry wine. This is why the alcoholic fermentation of the Viura grapes was cold crashed to stop the process when the juice had achieved the desired level of natural sugar.
Types of Grapes to know?
Viura (Macabeo)-is a white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the southernmost reaches of France. A relatively versatile grape, it is used in still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines. There are few universal truths about how Macabeo tastes; the wines can be fresh, floral and aromatic when harvested sufficiently early and aged in stainless steel, but weighty, honeyed and nutty when aged in oak and harvested slightly later.
Spain is unquestionably Macabeo's homeland. It is used in almost every wine district of Catalonia, particularly in sparkling Cava wines, and is the principal ingredient in white wines from Rioja, where the locals call it Viura. Southwards along the Mediterranean coast, Macabeo can be found in various areas, most notably Valencia, Yecla and Jumilla.
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Moscatel-The Moscatel (or Muscat) variety we describe here is Muscat of Alexandria, which is the one that is mostly planted in Spain, in the Eastern coastal Levante (in the Valencia and Alicante D.O.) and in the Southern part, in the D.O.s of Jerez-Sherry & Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Málaga in Andalucía. Even though Moscatel of Alexandria is thought to be original from Italy or Greece, it is an old variety which has been planted in Spain for centuries and that forms part of some of its more traditional wines, specially sweet wines.
Why we like Moscatel?
We like it because is highly aromatic, with floral notes (sometimes you can smell rose petals on Moscatel wines), orange skin aromas that are very enticing. This translates in perfumed wines that capture the consumer from the nose. In the mouth, Moscatel wines are normally made off-dry to sweet, displaying honey and fruit preserve notes and orange/tangerine reminiscences.
You’d love Moscatel if you like…
…sweet wines which are highly aromatic, with floral and fruit preserve notes in the nose and palate with orange/tangerine reminiscences.
highly aromatic off-dry wines with some sweetness, light to medium body that can be enjoyed on their own or as dessert wine.
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