The sweet Muscat Rose, called Moscato Rosa in Italian language, is a rare and very popular dessert wine.
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The Muscat Rose grape variety, an offspring of Yellow Muscat, originates from the Balkan region and was brought from Sicily to South Tyrol. This rare wine variety is cultivated in the region as South Tyrolean Muscat Rose - Südtiroler Rosenmuskateller, in German language - and yields a very popular dessert wine, which should be enjoyed in small amounts due to its richness in taste and sweetness. The grapes are dark blue and small, with an intensive aroma of nutmeg.
The vine is very demanding and the harvest is unsure every year. South Tyrolean Muscat Rose can be grown up to intermediate altitudes of 500 m a.s.l. and requires a Mediterranean climate and light, sandy soils. The ripe grapes yield a full-bodied, aromatic and complex dessert wine with an intense aroma of roses. Young Muscat Rose wines taste and smell flowery, but they can also be stored for some years, which gives them a more elegant, but less aromatic and characteristic aroma. This dessert wine pairs particularly well with poppy strudel or the traditional South Tyrolean "Krapfen" - fried dough typically filed with jam.
Serving temperature: 10 to 12 degrees C