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Maeli, ‘Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei’ Moscato Gialla
Grapes grown in volcanic soils never fail to catch our interest. You’ll find plenty of regions in Italy with volcanic origins, including Colli Euganei. This set of low rising hills is just west of Venice in Italy.
These volcanic hills are home to the ‘Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei’ DOCG. Fior d’Arancio translates literally to “orange blossom” and the wines are made of the Moscato Giallo grape. Because of its thick skins and high sugar content, this Muscat clone is capable of producing sweet wines with floral aromas.
Co-owner Elisa Dilvanzo clears up a little confusion about Fior D’Arancio. “We have a special clone of Muscat, named Fior D’Arancio. It is a cross between an old clone of Muscat and Chasselas. Compared with normal Muscat, Fior D’Arancio is higher in acidity and mineral notes thanks to the volcanic soil,” she says.
This grape is at the heart of Maeli’s production. They produce five different wines from Moscato Giallo aka Fior D’Arancio. The portfolio includes everything from sparkling to dry to sweet. The wines taste different than others from the Muscat family. The wines have distinctive mineral undertones and are less floral than expected.
Many wine drinkers frown at the thought of serious wines made from Moscato. The Maeli Bianco Infinito may turn the most skeptical into believers. For those with a sweet tooth, there are wines in the Maeli portfolio that should satisfy that craving too. Here are our favorites.
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- Maeli, ‘Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei‘ Moscato Giallo 2017
The Maeli, Moscato Giallo Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei is the flagship wine of the estate. It is a sweet sparkler with 105 g/L of residual sugar, think Moscato d’Asti. There are sharp aromas of grass, lemon, yellow flower, and sweet peaches. This has a fine bead of bubbles that slightly tickle the tongue. While this is sweet, there is enough citrusy acidity to wipe the palate dry. This is delicious and makes a perfect end of meal sipper with a rich butter cake. Pop this open and please everyone at the dinner table. Score: 89/100
- Maeli, ‘Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei‘ Bianco Infinito 2016
The Maeli, ‘Bianco Infinito’ Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei is a dry wine that is aged in stainless steel tanks. There are notes of tangerine, yellow flower, yogurt, and white grapes. For a dry Muscat, the citrus notes stand out, which is unique. More than a simple, floral white, this is a refined wine. There is a touch of bottle age to round everything out before the minerally finish. Score: 90/100
- Maeli, ‘Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei‘ Diloro Moscato Giallo Passito 2015
The Maeli, ‘Diloro’ Moscato Giallo Passito Fior d’Arancio is made from dried Yellow Muscat grown in volcanic soils. The grapes are dried for three months and the wine has 136 g/L of residual sugar. There are notes of dandelion, honey, dried apricot, white grapes, and a touch of white pepper. Intense and rich on the palate, this shows no signs of age. Think about a big handful of dried yellow fruit mixed with yellow flower. Full-bodied with a long finish. Score: 91/100
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