In a nutshell: A crisp, fresh and citrusy example of this enduring northern Italian favourite.
The lowdown: Gavi has long been a well loved Piedmontese white wine and it's often got more going on than a lot of Pinot Grigios. It's made from Piedmont's main white grape variety, Cortese, and this one from Araldica has, with good reason, been one of our stalwarts for a long time. It has a zesty citrus fruit and lightly floral character, with hints of apple and pear showing through nicely. The fresh, steely acidity and underlying minerality is well balanced by notes of melon and stone fruit, and a touch of fennel and spice.
When to drink: It's everything a good Gavi should be and at a good value price as well. Great with meaty fish like tuna steak it'll also stand up well to quite fatty foods like sausages and cassoulets.
Araldica, one of Piedmont's largest and most forward-thinking co-operatives, is situated in Castel Boglione, in the Monferrato hills in the heart of Barbera d'Asti territory. Here they work with 230 grower members to source quality grapes from around 690ha of vineyards. Despite their size they have a real family run feel about them thanks largely to the husband and wife management/winemaking team of Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese.
Many of their members joined the co-operative in the 1950s and have a long and loyal relationship with the winery. They produce wines from Piedmont's main DOC/DOCG regions - predominantly Barbera, Gavi and Moscato, but also including Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero Arneis.
Founded in 1954 by Livio Manera, father of the current director and winemaker Claudio, Araldica has developed over the past 60 years to become a major winemaking force in Piedmont, supplying wines across the globe. Lella heads up quality control and she is responsible for the blending and approval of all wines. Their son Carlo, also a qualified winemaker, is now part of the Araldica winemaking team. Livio pioneered developments in winemaking techniques - especially with regard to the production of Barbera - and Araldica have since continued to be instrumental in the promotion of Barbera and Gavi around the world. As Claudio states their aim is '...to provide a range that is both understandable and accessible. Quite simply, wine for drinking and enjoying.'