Cortese 2014 – Araldica, Piemonte

Without a shadow of a doubt an Italian Gavi made from the Cortese grape are my favourite white wines so far of 2015.

This Cortese 2014 from Araldica on offer at £5.99 is just superb.

I am constantly on the look-out for the very best wines at everyday prices and when I find something as clean and refreshingly good as this then it’s something I want to shout about!

The Araldia Castelvero is a cooperative cellar based in the village of Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. Cortese is the principal white grape there. The wine is sourced from the grape’s heartland of Gavi and from the vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region.

Araldica is a family run company inspired by the guidance of winemaker/manager Claudio Manera (whose father Livio was the co-op’s first winemaker in the 50’s) alongside his wife Lella, also a winemaker and in charge of Quality Control say – “As a co-operative, our job is to create wines suited to modern tastes and to give our members a fair price for their grapes.”

Well the have certainly done a good job with the bottle. The Cortese 2014 is a pale, light bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle like aromatics.

Colour: White
Closure: Screw Cap
Alcohol by Volume: 11.5%
Grape: Cortese
Country: Italy

Dry Scale: Very Dry

Italy knows a thing or two about food, wine and sunshine so why not treat yourself to a stylish summer white from just outside that country’s designated Gavi area

You can buy this wine from Majestic Wines here.

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