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The Society's Gavi 2021

White Wine from Italy - NW Italy (Piedmont)
4.000000000 star rating 9 Reviews
Moreish, elegant, clean and characterful Italian white, loaded with aromatic herbs, green-apple notes and minerality. Versatile, too, working equally well by the glass or paired with food. ‘I love it!’ exclaimed Matthew Horsley as it was voted a Wine Champion for 2022 at our annual tastings.
Price: £9.95 Bottle
Price: £119.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: IT33521

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Cortese
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

Araldica Vini Piemontesi

Araldica is the trading name of the successful co-operative at Castelvero in Italy’s north-western Piedmont region. It is one of the most important producers of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d’Alba, and also makes excellent Gavi, Moscato and Prosecco. Founded in 1954 by a small group of growers, headed by their parish priest, the co-op has evolved greatly from its simple origins and now it owns the largest winery in Piedmont.

It currently has around 200 members, cultivating 900 hectares of vines throughout the region, but in particular its vineyards in the Monferrato hills are celebrated for the quality of their barbera. As the business expanded in the latter half of the 20th century, the company also acquired a modern, temperature-controlled bottling plant and warehouse, with a large capacity to store its barrels made from the region’s traditionally favoured Slovenian oak.

While Italy is generally known for its sun-baked vineyards, Piedmont is actually as far north as Bordeaux, and the nearby Alps make a marked impact on the temperatures which are much more in line with classic French regions. The hot summers are followed by very cold, often snowy winters, and the melting snow is an excellent marker of vineyard quality: the best vineyards have the fastest-melting snow because they receive the most sunshine.

The co-op members mostly grow native grape varieties such as barbera, nebbiolo and dolcetto for the reds and cortese, arneis and moscato for the whites. They also grow...
Araldica is the trading name of the successful co-operative at Castelvero in Italy’s north-western Piedmont region. It is one of the most important producers of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d’Alba, and also makes excellent Gavi, Moscato and Prosecco. Founded in 1954 by a small group of growers, headed by their parish priest, the co-op has evolved greatly from its simple origins and now it owns the largest winery in Piedmont.

It currently has around 200 members, cultivating 900 hectares of vines throughout the region, but in particular its vineyards in the Monferrato hills are celebrated for the quality of their barbera. As the business expanded in the latter half of the 20th century, the company also acquired a modern, temperature-controlled bottling plant and warehouse, with a large capacity to store its barrels made from the region’s traditionally favoured Slovenian oak.

While Italy is generally known for its sun-baked vineyards, Piedmont is actually as far north as Bordeaux, and the nearby Alps make a marked impact on the temperatures which are much more in line with classic French regions. The hot summers are followed by very cold, often snowy winters, and the melting snow is an excellent marker of vineyard quality: the best vineyards have the fastest-melting snow because they receive the most sunshine.

The co-op members mostly grow native grape varieties such as barbera, nebbiolo and dolcetto for the reds and cortese, arneis and moscato for the whites. They also grow lesser-known varieties like brachetto and freisa, as well as international varieties such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Vineyards are spread across the major areas of the Langhe, Monferrato, Roero and Gavi. Generally speaking, barbera is grown in more exposed, sunny areas, because it is one of the more hardy and adaptable varieties, whereas more delicate varieties are planted in sheltered areas. That said, the co-op owns some of the best barbera sites in the region.

Additional premium estates in the region have been added to the company’s portfolio since 1999. First, the co-op bought the 60-hectare Il Cascinone estate in the Monferrato hills in central-eastern Piedmont, and completely revamped the vineyards and cellars here. This is the site of some of its best barbera plantings.

It subsequently purchased La Battistina, a 30-hectare south-facing vineyard, and one of the best sites in Gavi. The excellent old vines here have an average age of 35 years. The unique, well-draining, mineral-rich limestone and chalk soils here are perfect for the high acidity levels of cortese, the official Gavi grape, and Araldica further enhances its character by ageing 20% of the blend in oak. This superb wine is the source for The Society’s Gavi.

The co-op is ably run by Claudio Manera, whose wife Lella is also an oenologist working in the laboratory. The winery is based at Castelvero: its oldest part was built in 1954, but over the years the traditional cement tanks have been replaced with stainless-steel ones, as well as wooden barrels for careful oak maturation where appropriate. Here, Claudio leads a team of four other winemakers, and their creations continue to win awards for being excellent examples of their kind.
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Metro

Like bringing a Swiss Army knife on a camping trip, you can't go wrong with Gavi. Italy's version of Chablis is situationally versatile, though it could have been invented for outdoor shenanigans. This...
Like bringing a Swiss Army knife on a camping trip, you can't go wrong with Gavi. Italy's version of Chablis is situationally versatile, though it could have been invented for outdoor shenanigans. This one is pure, crisp and dry, giving a green apple mouth-gush with a pinch of lavender and garrigue. It uses grapes grown on the La Battistina vineyard considered one of the choicest sites in Gavi, then yeast-aged for extra complexity and weight.
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Rob Buckhaven

JancisRobinson.com

Low-temperature fermentation nose. Attractive basic fruit on the front palate and a bit astringent on the end. 15/20

Jancis Robinson

wine-pages.com

Available mid-May 2022, this is 100% cortese from the Araldica cooperative, aged four months on the lees. Very attractive nose combining something leafy and green, like soft wild herbs, with melon and a...
Available mid-May 2022, this is 100% cortese from the Araldica cooperative, aged four months on the lees. Very attractive nose combining something leafy and green, like soft wild herbs, with melon and a hint of riesling-like waxiness. Plenty of crisp, lemony fruit and acidity on the palate, and that lees ageing adds some texture too for a useful lightweight white with a bit of substance. 88/100
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Tom Cannavan

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