Maeli’s Yellow Muscat is Gold to the French
That Maeli’s Yellow Muscat should win international awards and medals is nothing new, however this time the achievement is most remarkable. The spotlight has rather appropriately fallen on the one wine that Elisa Dilavanzo, the producer of Maeli wines and champion of Yellow Muscat from the Euganean Hills, wanted at all costs, even going against the opinion of the oenology experts she consulted at the beginning in order to create a Classic Method Brut Nature 100% based on Yellow Muscat.
‘dilá’ as the wine is known, may be a play on words (Dilavanzo is Elisa’s surname) but it is more likely to allude to the desire to go ‘di là’ one step beyond’ and transcend all prejudice.
The first vintage of this unusual sparkling wine in 2014 did not pass unobserved: The American Bloomberg agency considered it to be among the world’s 10 finest wines. In the top ten iconic wines, in the company of Champagne, Chassagne Montrachet and Chateaux Margaux, the shining light of ‘dilá’ stands proud as the sole Italian wine among the 4000 wines tasted by the Master of Wine Elin McCoy.
The second vintage in 2015 lived up to the first: this time the gold medal came from the French, true connoisseurs of Classic Method sparkling wines, and was awarded in the ‘2018 Gilbert&Gaillard International Challenge competition’.
‘A medal’ in the words of Elisa ‘for Yellow Muscat and the Euganean hills, where this grape is expressed in such a unique way that it is already an excellence on the Veneto and Italian wine stage and now finally the world has begun to take notice.’