La Giustiniana, Gavi Montessora 2018

La Giustiniana

2018
Grapes are grown in the Montessora vineyard in Rovereto di Gavi. This Gavi has fresh, generous perfumes of flint and flowers. Intense and concentrated with a lovely pure fruit character. This wine is light straw-yellow in colour with fresh notes of flint and flowers. On the palate, it is intense and concentrated with a lovely pure fruit character. Flavours of peach and lime follow through to a long, minerality finish. The 2018 vintage was excellent in Gavi. High levels of rainfall at the beginning of the season restored the water reserves after the very dry 2017 vintage. Rainfalls continued during summertime, causing a fast vegetative development and therefore need for much thinning of the vines in the lead up to harvest. The turning point for the harvest was in September when sunshine and a dry weather brought the grapes to ripeness. The grapes were hand harvested. On arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed. The must was cleared settled before being decanted into temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation took place over a period of two weeks at a controlled temperature of 16°C. After fermentation, the wine was stored at a temperature of 8°C until it was bottled the following spring. This estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, 40 hectares of which are under vine. Here the grapes give pure, rich and balanced wines. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through in the glass. The 'Lugarara' is always the more open and forward of the two wines. The wine's aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are immediately beguiling, making this one of our most widely sold wines. The 'Montessora', more mineral driven, has greater intensity and needs longer to show off its best. It will age easily for up to a decade or more. 13.5% alcohol
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Gavi

Gavi

Gavi was Italy's first white wine to gain international repute and is still considered one of the top-ranking Italian whites today. It is a white wine produced in the Alto Monferrato, in southern Piedmont, in the province of Alessandria. Wines are made exclusively from Cortese grapes, a variety which has a heritage dating back to the 1600s. Gavi DOCG wine can only be made with Cortese grapes cultivated in the town of Gavi and its surrounding villages.

A terroir driven wine, Gavi is noted for its bone-dry character and crisp, flinty and fresh acidity, coming from the mineral-rich soils of the area. The bouquet is particularly floral, offering delicate aromas reminiscent of white flowers with ntoes of lemon, green apples and hints of honesuckle.

In the last few years, wine makers have started to produce more structured and complex wines with very good results, proving that the Cortese grape grown in the Gavi area is suitable for aging in bottle or barrels and produce long lasting wines.

Piedmont

Piedmont

Piemonte, in the north-western corner of the Italian peninsula, sits at the foot of the Western Alps, which encircle the region to the north and west. Its seasons are very distinctive: hot, dry summers, cold winters, and temperate springs and autumns are common with occasional fog during harvest time. Located in north-west Italy, surrounded by the Alps, Piedmont means literally “foot of the Mountain” in Italian. .

The richness and elegance of Piedmontese wines go perfectly with the rich and creamy cuisine typical of Piedmont, with meat and risotto at the heart of every menu, not to mention the most notable ingredient, the white truffle (tartufi bianchi). Piedmont has the highest percentage of quality wines in the whole of Italy. It is home to some of the most robust, long-lived wines of the world, many of which are specific to Piedmont and have not excelled anywhere else in the world. The wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are two of Italy’s best. Like fine Bordeaux and Burgundy, these Nebbiolo wines age very well.

DOCs and DOCGs

DOC: Barbera d’Alba; Colli Tortonesi; Dolcetto d’Alba; Grignolino del Monferrato; Langhe; Loazzolo; Monferrato; Nebbiolo d’Alba; Rubino di Cantavenna; Piemonte

DOCG: Barbaresco; Barbera d’Asti; Barbera Nizza Superiore; Barbera del Monferrato Superiore; Barolo; Dolcetto d’Ovada; Erbaluce di Caluso; Gavi; Gattinara; Moscato d’Asti; Roero

The region’s pedigree is apparent in its 58 DOC and DOCG zones, and it has the highest percentage of classified wines in all of Italy.

Grape Varieties

Nebbiolo is the grape used in Piedmont's most important DOCGs: Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara. Barbera, a dark-skinned variety, is responsible for a growing number of superlative wines, labelled as Barbera del Monferrato, Barbera d’Asti or Barbera d'Alba.

Another important red grape is Dolcetto, with several DOCs to its name (d'Alba, d'Acqui and di Ovada are the top three). Although its name means 'little sweet one', Dolcetto gives red wines with an appetizing, gently bitter finish. Although Piedmont is known as a red-wine region, there are whites that have to be mentioned: Moscato d’Asti and sparkling Asti Spumante, both made from Moscato grapes; Gavi is the most renown still white, made from the Cortese grape, a local variety which gives a clean and citrussy white. Crisp, floral Arneis is the grape used for whites in Roero appellation..