TASTING NOTE: NV Mallee Point Moscato
Region: South Eastern Australia
Price: $5.99 at Total Wine
Sight: very pale greenish yellow, fritzy little bubbles
Smell: peach, orange
Taste: sweet, canned peaches/pears, orange
Overall: Yes, really—a $6 Moscato. Deal with it. This effort is from Casella Wines, who are also the makers of Yellow Tail. This sweet little value play is EXACTLY what most of my (OF AGE) college friends are looking for. If I had to describe this in one word, I would probably just say “cute.” It smells sweet and peachy with a hint of citrus. It tickles the palate with a light little effervescence, tastes like a canned fruit cocktail with a hit of orange peel to pucker you up. The sweetness and the tartness balance each other out nicely, and neither one is over-the-top. The big peach note and the fritzy bubbles basically make this a Moscato d’Asti-on-a-budget. If you’re really not looking to spend much, but you’re on your way to a party and want something cold that tastes like candy and summertime, try this. It’s a $6 bottle that drinks like a $9 bottle. Ambitious? No. But it’s definitely enjoyable for the price.