Grape variety: Cortese
La Madonnina vineyard within La Raia’s estate is situated on a south-east facing hill. The calcareous, clayish and marly soil is particularly suitable for Cortese vine farming. As for all of their vineyards, they avoid any kind of fertilizer and chemical products. The soil is planted with green manure – made up of broad beans, peas and clover – which, once trimmed, transforms into fertilizer and humus.
Cortese grapes for the production of Gavi Riserva benefit of great thermic ventilation and an ideal microclimate, thanks to their natural exposure. Yield does not go over 65 quintals per hectare. During the maturation phase grapes are selected in the vineyard, allowing to obtain a naturally awesome alcoholic content.
Grapes are harvested and handpicked at the end of September. After the selection, grapes are destemmed and delicately pressed. The must obtained is then decanted without adding any oenological additives at a low temperature. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Approximately 25 days later, at the end of the fermentation, the wine is poured into another stainless steel tank, and there it remains for 6 months, as required by the production regulations. The Gavi docg Riserva is then bottled and continues refining for another six months in the bottle, before being exposed to the market. This refinement procedure results into a long-lived and pleasant to drink wine.
Colour: straw yellow, more or less intense.
Aroma: fine and delicate, with floral hints typical of the Gavi area.
Mouth feel: rich, dry, harmonic, and pleasant to the palate, savoury, with a persistent warm finish.
Alcohol content: 13%
Excellent with seafood, above all with shellfish of which it brings out the par- ticular taste, and with light first courses and risotto. It is the perfect match also for fresh or semi-soft cheese.
Best served: Between 10° and 12° C.
Bottles should be stored in a cool dry place, and in the dark, at 12°/15° C.