Gavi 2021
Tenuta Olim Bauda
Region: Piedmont

Tasting Notes

Much more expressive on the palate than on the nose, with aromas of citrus, melon and white flowers. Despite the refreshing, signature acidity, there is a surprising plushness here with flavours of melon, citrus, ripe pear and rainwater minerality. Chill this lightly and enjoy alongside grilled calamari, seared scallops or a roast chicken dinner.

Cortese is widely considered one of Piedmont’s finest white grape varieties. It pairs particularly well with the region’s delicately-prepared fish. It is usually mid-weight, citrus- and mineral-inflected with moderate acidity. Quality can vary greatly depending on producer and site. Pretty much the entirety of plantings of this variety are in Piedmont, with the majority (and best) being in and around the village/comune of Gavi.

An outstanding high-quality wine region in northwest Italy, widely considered the country’s most stable and evolved viticultural area. Its temperature and rainfall mirror Bordeaux. The vast majority of Piedmont’s terrain is mountainous or hilly, creating optimum elevated vineyard sites for the region’s best varieties. Of those, Nebbiolo enjoys the greatest notoriety and acclaim. The grape reaches its highest potential in the sub-regions of Barolo and Barbaresco where it is made into incredibly structured, complex, and ageworthy wines. Approximately half of Piedmont’s vineyards are planted with Barbera. The past thirty years have seen significant improvement in Barbera-based wines, with some commanding price levels that approach those of Barolo and Barbaresco. Prior to 1980, white wines were, for the most part, an afterthought, but they are now gaining acclaim and popularity in Italy and abroad. Of particular interest is the resurgence of Gavi, made from the Cortese grape, and the low-alcohol, frizzante Moscato d’Asti.

Tenuta Olim Bauda’s 100% Cortese vineyard is the best area in the world for this grape variety, with plantings on the southern slopes of hills, at an altitude of approximately 300 metres above sea level.

Hand-harvested at optimal ripeness, the grapes are destemmed and pressed in the evening following harvest. The grapes are are macerated on the skis briefly, before alcoholic fermentation begins, low and slow, under temperature control for 15 days. After fermentation is complete, the wine rests on its gross lees to gain complexity and texture until bottling in May.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Cortese

Classification: DOCG

Orientation: Southern exposure

Appellation: Monferrato

Gradient: 300 masl

Soil: Marly clay

Farming Practices: Sustainable with organic practices

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 12.5

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable