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2015 La Raia Gavi White Blend

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From the biodynamic and organic vineyards of La Raia comes this more medium-bodied, floral white blend made mostly from the native Cortese grape. Aromas of honeysuckle, lemons and a sprinkle of herbs decorate the nose, and are reflected in the flavours, which are supported by a rounded mouthfeel, crisp acidity, and a long textured finish. These are awesome food wines that would be great with grilled fish or a chicken caesar salad.

Winemaker's Notes

The Gavi which interprets the tradition of the terroir and identifies the typical characteristics of the Cortese vine variety from which it originates.

The terroir: The vineyard soil at La Raia is calcareous and clayish, it extends at approximately 400 metres above sea level with a south-east-west exposure. A crown of vineyards distributed around the cellar, with an average density of 4500 vines per hectare and an age ranging from 9 to 70 years old. According to the farm’s core philosophy that complies with the biodynamic principles, the vines are farmed without any use of chemicals.

Grapes: Cortese grapes for Gavi production benefit of the typical microclimate of our area, which highly concentrates its activation within the vineyards located around the cellar. The grapes are healthy and present a good sugar rate and a balanced acidity; this allows us to produce a very pleasant and easy to drink white wine.

Winemaking: Grapes are handpicked around mid-September and, after a careful selection, they are de-stemmed. In this way grapes only arrive in the wine press for a delicate pressing. After the natural decantation, mist is put in stainless steel tanks to avoid microbiological alteration which could compromise the wine quality. The alcoholic fermentation lasts 15-20 days and takes place at the controlled temperature of 18° C. The wine is left on the lees for about 3-4 months; it is then cold stabilised, before being bottled in March. This method helps to obtain a fresh, ready to drink wine.

Tasting notes:
Colour: Straw yellow, with slight greenish hints.
Aroma: Offers a particularly fine mineral feeling and notes of fruit and white flowers.
Mouthfeel: Lively, balanced, with a fresh acidity, which increases its persistence and favours its drinkability. A slight almond-ish finish.
Perfect pairing: Excellent as aperitif, paired with hors d’oeuvres and fish ragù or vegetable first courses. It is the perfect match also for seafood, white meat and fresh young cheese.
Best served: Between 10° and 12° C.

Tips for a perfect storage: If stored in a cool dry place, and in the dark, at 10°-18° C, bottles keep unaltered up to 3-4 years.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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