Il Forte Gavi DOCG

Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2017
Colour: White
From: Italy
ABV: 12.5%
Price: £12.95

Almost fifty years in business, roughly one hundred members and over one hundred and fifty hectares under vine in prime areas of the appellation, explain why this co-operative, based in the heart of the Gavi district, produces some of the most exemplary wines of the area.

Cortese can be a fickle variety and unless yields are reigned in, wines can be lean and very high in acid. Coaxing Cortese to produce a structured wine with character and regionality can prove too much of a challenge for many producers, but with winemaker Andrea Pancotti and consultant Mario Redoglia, that challenge has been met. Huge credit must also go to efficient and passionate co-op in marshalling all the disparate growers into a coherent whole. The consistancy of these wines is also a fundamental asset for the co-op; stunning white wines that are of extremely good quality every year, offering versatility and fantastic value.

The Gavi Il Forte comes from 30 year old vines, trained using the Guyot method. Here they use thermo-controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation which are set to 15 degrees. The fermentation takes place over a 20 day period. Once fermentation is complete, they leave the wine to rest on the lees to mature, for a further three months.

Pale yellow colour, intense floral perfume, good minerality and freshness on the palate. Everything about this wine is harmonious, it is really well balanced.