Mitterberg Moscato Rosa IGT USHAS
Only nine hectares in South Tyrol are planted with Moscato Rosa. As a variety it is very demanding. It needs a very warm and dry site, and demands patient care in the vineyard. The flower is female, so the vine cannot fertilize itself, which often leads to coulure. These small seedless berries have a stunning concentration of aromas, reminiscent of Asian fruit and spice markets. In the mild and breezy Kurtatsch hillside in the district of Rain, the Usha Rosa Moscato has found an ideal micro-terroir. Through drastically reducing the yield, this edelsüße wine, with the typical baroque richness, is an exact mineral reflection of its site. While the bold, long maceration lends Usha a spicy tannic contour, which enters into a tantalizing liaison with the Rose, Rosehip, cinnamon and orange peel flavors.
Volume: 12,5 % by vol.
Grape variety: Moscato Rosa (Rosenmuskateller)
Production zone: steep hillside overlooking Kurtatsch 400 - 440 m.a.s.l
Soil: light gravely soil crisscrossed by clay
Yield per hectare: 3200 kg
Color: delicate garnet
Vinification: September harvest: air drying of the grapes for 10 weeks; October harvest: partly with noble rot; Tempterature - constrained maceration for 5-6 days in stainless steel; final fermentation of must in used barriques, followed by aging for another 10 months.
Storage potential: 8 - 10 years
Total acidity: 6,4 g./l.
Residual sugar: 154 g./l.
The varietal has particular needs at the vineyard site. Our Ushas Moscato Rosa matures on a southern-facing slope that is sheltered from the north wind and situated at an altitude between 350 and 420 meters. The vines are planted in light and gravely soil with low clay content: it can retain enough heat, even after heavy precipitation in the fall, to keep temperatures from dropping too low. At the end of the ripening phase, warm updrafts from the valley favor drying of the berries on the vine, thus supporting the all-important sugar concentration of the grapes.