Araldica Alasia Gavi, Piemonte, Italy 2019


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The Alasia name (and label design) is taken from the legend of the Medieval Princess Alasia who eloped with a young Saxon knight and hid out in the Monferrato region. The remains of the Ca’ d’Alasia (where they allegedly lived) is situated near Castel Boglione where Araldica has its winery.

Araldica is one of Piemonte’s most widely regarded and forward-thinking producers with sustainability at their core. They have obtained the SQNPI trademark which guarantees it is sustainable and eco-compatible, certified by an independent third party (see bee symbol on the label). Araldica is also developing a programme of organic viticulture. They are meticulous about how the grapes are grown and they treat the land well which results in healthier grapes and the most delicious wines.

The Cortese grapes are sourced from vineyards in the cool climate Gavi region in Piemonte, in the North Western corner of Italy. In the foothills of the Alps with lots of the region covered by the Po Valley, this is cool climate and famous for the fog that covers the vineyards leading to a longer ripening period and subsequently better quality grapes. Red wine is king here taking up the majority of the south facing vineyards leaving the less sunny north facing plots for the white grapes. This means acidity is bright, wine are light and vibrantly fresh.

A modern elegant Gavi – textural, concentrated and food-friendly. This beautiful wine has appealing aromas of citrus fruit and white flowers with a touch of white spice. The palate has more citrus characters with hints of orchard and stone fruits. A crisp, refreshing acidity balances underlying minerality. A great example of one of Italy’s most famous white wines.

This wine would pair well with richer and more flavourful dishes like chicken roasted with orange and rosemary or soy-glazed salmon.

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