The Wine: This is named after the aromatic compounds stored in the skins of Moscato Giallo. The 2020 is a blend of Friulano (40%), Moscato Giallo (32%), Riesling (16%) and Malvasia Istriana (12%), all from Quealy’s Balnarring home block. The grapes were added to a rolling ferment as they were harvested, to open-top amphorae, and the wine spent six months on skins. It was then basket-pressed, roughly settled and allowed to mature in old French puncheons before being bottled 12 months later.
In a season defined by low yields, the less common varieties on the peninsula fared much better than the more traditional Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The long and cool ripening conditions allowed the later ripening varieties to develop flavour and character at a relaxed rate and has resulted in a wine that is teeming with bright aromatics, dense and full flavours and a lovely grippy structure. Ripe citrus and white florals emanate from the glass, while savoury flavours work in tandem with bright and ripe citrus, grippy structure, balanced acidity and a saline splash to close.