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Gavi is all the rage and 2018 was an excellent harvest at the fine Battistina vineyard, which is the source of this admirably generous full dry white. We're delighted with how this has turned out and hope you will be too.
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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.
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo. In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes. Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
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"A rather underwhelming Gavi. Smooth but finish a little bit too acidic"
Mr Philip Stirups (03-Feb-2019)
Mr Julian Skelton (16-Sep-2018)
"Absolutely loved this wine - it's why I joined The Wine Society. Fruity rather than dry - but lovely subtle taste."
Ms Suzie Halewood (02-Nov-2017)
"I dislike screw-tops and wouldn't have bought this wine but it was part of a Society mixed case, so I had an opportunity to try it without my closure pre-conceptions. It started well with a decent lemon nose, not too strong but enough to hope for good things to come. Sadly we were disappointed. My wife and I found this lacking in taste and far too cloying. We would have been better off with an Alsace at a lower price."
Mr Thomas H F Kidman (05-Jul-2017)
"For me this is the sweetest Gavi I have tried so it is not to my taste. It is well made and good quality but just too sweet for us. However if you like white wine a little sweeter you will not be dissapointed. I would look to the Society to source a Gavi Gavi not as sweet."
Mr John R Howson (09-Apr-2017)
Tamworth Journal (1st Jan 2018)
"Made with the lovely
cortese grape, this is a fine example of a refreshing crisp Italian white wine
from the Gavi region, Piemonte, in north Italy. Super value for money … fruity
and not as bone dry as some. - Rob Price"
"Not sure why I haven't tried this one before, but I have now, and the 2015 is really outstanding. James Brown is right: it's not bone dry like the Society's White Burgundy, but that's its charm and it's every bit as good. Well found, Team. This will make a great house white, with the added benefit of the screw cap!"
Mr Stephen R R Bourne (30-Apr-2017)
"I nice easy everyday drinking Gavi. Its a bit on the fruity side for my liking. My wife loved it, but at £7.95 its just benchmark, nothing special. Drinking till 2018? Since when did white wines made for early drinking benefit from ageing?"
Mr James Brown (18-May-2016)
"We enjoyed this enormously and liked it even more when we let it come off the refrigerator chill. It's perfect with Middle Eastern styles of food which is what we tend to favour on summer weekend. It's light which in my book is a plus but still has roundness and richness. We thought that it was more than just good value.
Prof Richard J Rathbone (17-Jun-2015)
"We are doing a little test of some of The Society's whites (under £10) and whilst the Society's Gavi is OK we feel it is pretty ordinary, "generic white wine". As such, maybe £6.50 a bottle but not £8.50. Whites from Croatia, Greece and elsewhere in Italy (such as the Greco-Fiano blend) tastier and better value."
Mr William Cullum (24-Apr-2015)
"Bland. May have just been the bottle we received but I would not recommend this wine."
Miss Georgina Churchhouse (05-Mar-2015)
"Fresh, dry, lemony and moreish. A welcome addition to the Society range and a nice step up from the Cortese from the same producer."
Mr Edgar Bettridge (11-Dec-2014)
"Deliciously fresh, fruity and unmistakably Gavi. It's not cheap but it is very enjoyable. Will buy more."
Reverend Nicholas McKee (28-Oct-2014)
"Light, drinkable and tastes of summer. But for £8.50 it has too much competition to get excited about. Loved 2012 but this 2013 has us disappointed in comparison."
Mr Nigel H D Green (09-Aug-2014)
"Even better than last years La Battistina. Melons, peaches and some vanilla, this is a very rounded wine with moderate acidity and a good long finish. Good with oven baked fish and with roast chicken; a very versatile wine."
Mr David Bricknell (28-Apr-2014)
"What a bargain! Lovely balance of honeyed peach and citrus zest. Surprisingly reminiscent of viognier with that unctuous (in a nice way) quality - remarkable considering the modest alcohol and price. Interesting comparison with La Battistina (not strictly fair since the latter was 2012 vintage) which was a touch more spicy and a sharper pineapple flavour."
Mr John Lavis (20-Apr-2014)
"Just received as part of a mixed case. Gavi has had a lot of attention in recent years and as often happens in such cases, that leads to a lot of disappointing wines on the market. This isn't one of them. Well made, very drinkable both with and without food and an excellent everyday white."
Mr Peter Holpin (16-Apr-2014)
Chichester Observer (19th Mar 2015)
"A dry, lively and aromatic white wine… a fresh peachy
style, just right for chicken, fish or pasta. - Peter Homer"
Cambridge News (22nd Feb 2015)
"Italians like to keep
their white wines light, crisp and delicate (which is perfect with fish).
Strong flavours in wine can easily overwhelm delicately flavoured food. Gavi is
a style that goes down well at my Italian tastings. It’s fairly light, but is
loads more flavoursome than Pinot Grigio – there is more body and, if it’s a good
one, stony flavours too. The Society’s Gavi... is a great example. It’s peachy
and zesty with plenty of body. - Mark Anstead"
"I really enjoy this wine - a lovely Italian wine...."
Mrs Mary Wilson (08-Dec-2013)
"Beautiful rounded flavour. Stunning now, will be delectable in another year."
Mr David Emes (03-May-2013)
Daily Mail (14th Nov 2013)
"If you like
chardonnay, but fancy a change, try this Italian white for size. It's made from
estate-grown cortese grapes from the Gavi region of north-west Italy. It has
that same ripe lemon fruit thing going on, but with a touch of pineapple. It's
a really fresh and bright white wine with what I call sunny flavours. Food
pairing - roast chicken. Yum! - Helen McGinn"
"A personal taste but I found it rather disappointing. I can see why some might like this with spiced food such as Chinese. But it can't be compared to a Burgundy. It reminded me of Aussie 'sultana' chardonnays of years ago. Personally I'd stick to the WS white burgundy recommendation unless you're in the mood for experimenting with something different."
Mr Tim Kenny (22-Dec-2012)
"Vivacious and good value. The pineapple scent makes this wine great with less sweet Chinese dishes."
Mr Harry Purser (23-Nov-2012)
"I would fully recomend this wine to other members. I thought it was very good quality, well made and pleasing to drink. Would I buy it again (the ultimate test) YES."
Mr John R Howson (11-Jun-2012)
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