Product Type: Martini Champagne
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Martini - Asti Spumante
Member Name: loopylis
Martini - Asti Spumante
Advantages: Sweet, fruity, no vinegary taste
When we got married, the lady that owned our reception room gave us a bottle of Martini Asti at the end of the night. It was a lovely gesture from a lovely lady, but neither myself or my husband were big wine fans, and we expected this bottle to sit in a cupboard with various others for a long time, but the night after we decided to crack open this bottle and try have a quiet night after the hubbub of the big day!
Originally, we started by watering it down a bit with some lemonade. I have never found a wine I liked, I have tried quite a few but always find them to have a vinegary, horrible taste. My mother always said I had a palette not designed for wine! But after the first sip, I realised that this Asti was the first wine I tried that instead of that horrible taste, it was nice, sweet one.
Martini describe it as 'light, sparkling and fruity' and it definitely is. When pouring, you get a slight fizz, but the bubbles quickly settle. I have tried others before that have been so fizzy they have made my eyes water, but Martini have found the perfect balance of fizz with this.
There is a fruity, sweet taste to this wine, no nasty bitter aftertaste, which is very pleasant. I spent a while mixing this with a bit of lemonade, which made it taste less 'winelike' but now I can easily drink this without the lemonade and still enjoy the taste.
The bottle is a dark colour, it looks almost black but it is actually a dark green colour. It is easily spotted among the shelves by Martini's branding, the neck if the bottle is covered in a silver foil, with Martini in bold black lettering, and a silver label is on the front of the bottle, with the splash of red on the Martini logo. The label also tells us this 7.5% (and I am not sure whether thats a bottle or a glass, I never understood alcohol percentages!) Either way I dont find it very strong, I have been known to polish off a bottle alone on special occasions, and I do not tend to be staggering around the room! Although I do get a wine hangover the next day....
We purchase this wine quite a lot now, and always have a bottle on our wedding anniversary. We thought it would be quite a hard bottle to find knowing our luck of finding one we both actually liked, but we found it easily at our local Co-op convenience store and our local Tescos. Over the last few years we have found it selling anywhere between £6 and £8 a bottle, which isn't the cheapest on the market but it is worth it!
Summary: The only wine I actually love