With its roots in Northwest Italy, where it’s been made since the 1870s, Moscato gained popularity in the USA by means of infiltrating their Hip Hop and Rap culture, finally also reaching our South African shores for the first time almost 10 years ago. We are big fans of the De Krans Premium Moscato range (currently the market leader in the Moscato category).
It’s fabulously versatile, so is appealing to a large percentage of wine drinkers, be they seasoned vinos with sophisticated palates, novices dabbling with different styles or sweet wine drinkers by heart. With a sweetness and bubble similar to a sparkling wine, this sits equally comfortable on a brunch table as it does on the dinner table, largely due to its low alcohol content. It also works well as a cocktail ingredient (think delicious sangria) and is the perfect food partner to spicy foods such as bunny chow or sushi and wasabi. The Premium Moscato range is also often used as a substitute for a bubbly – a more affordable and lower–alcohol alternative that works great with all palates. (Top tip … add a bit of De Krans Cape Pink port style wine to the White Moscato in a bubbly glass for a beautiful welcome drink, which will no doubt impress your guests this festive season).
The De Krans Premium Moscato range includes the Premium White Moscato Perlé, Premium Red Moscato Perlé as well as the latest addition, the De Krans Rosé Moscato Perlé, released earlier this year. While Moscato refers to the style of wine and the grapes used, the perlé refers to the slight fizz (a slightly lower pressure than a sparkling wine), which gives the wine that lovely zing and refreshing taste. What also makes these wines special and very consumer friendly are the lower alcohol levels of 7.5%, 8% and 8.5% for the White, Rosé and Red Moscato respectively.
The Premium White Moscato Perlé is a natural sweet wine is packed with flavours of muscat, litchi, apricots and other tropical fruits with hints of honey and exotic spice on the palate. The Premium Red Moscato Perlé has 15 per cent Pinotage added to give it the red colour, and which changes the fruit profile considerably to flavours of berries, litchi, soft prunes and muscat, with strawberries, blackcurrants and exotic spice on the palate. While both of these are wonderful and light on their own (remember to serve chilled), they also pleasantly surprise when paired with fresh, summer salads, charcuterie and spicy food like mild curries.
Rosé as a category is still enjoying great success throughout the world and the Premium Rosé Moscato Perlé truly encompasses everything we love about Rosé – its freshness, its red fruit character and its vibrant and dreamy colour palate. With this wine, just a touch of Pinotage is added to Muscadel grapes and Hanepoot juice to give it a beautiful rose petal, blush pink colour. This natural sweet wine is packed with fresh tropical fruit, strawberry and candy floss flavours, with exotic spice and muscat aromas and a balanced, fresh acidity.
You should find all of these at most retailers for around R75 per bottle.
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