Cortese is an Italian white grape variety mainly grown in the wine-growing region of Gavi, south-east of Piedmont.
This grape needs a long slow maturation to develop its naturally high acidity and floral character, which is why Cortese is grown in hills influenced by altitude. The wines are labeled as Gavi DOCG or Cortese di Gavi DOCG referring to the restricted area of the province of Alessandria. The wines are typically pale and light, with high acidity and pronounced aromas of citrus, green apple, and pear. Cortese can also sometimes be used to make a sparkling style of Gavi.
If you want to try the Cortese grape, we advise you to taste Gavi DOCG del Comune di Gavi Yellow Label from La Mesma. The vineyards are located in Monterotondo and Tassarolo, well exposed to the sun, in the very heart of the DOCG region of Gavi in Italy. To make this wine, the producer uses temperature-controlled “in bianco” vinification in stainless steel vats to preserve the delicate aromas of the grapes. The result is a wine that has an attractive straw-yellow color, an apricot scent with hints of citrus and meadow flowers. On the palate, reveals a fresh and harmonious taste in a pleasantly fruity background. This aromatic Gavi, with a resolutely elegant finish, can be cellared for many years.
Useful tips: Serve this wine between 8 and 10 ° C.
Food pairing: pan-seared squid with chilled beans
Amsterdam, July 17th, 2019