Araldica Vini (for Sainsbury), DOCG Gavi, Piemonte, Italy 2013
Nominal cortese flavour profile for Piemonte: orchard fruit (pear, green apple), citrus (grapefruit, lemon and lime) and floral/herbal notes. It is also grown in Victoria, Australia, with warmer notes of melon, tropical fruit (mandarin, mango and passion fruit), and floral (honeysuckle).
DOCG wines are varietal, DOC need not be. Reading around, acidity is more usually medium as with this example, but can go to to medium (+), with acidity being retained in hotter than normal years.
This wine: varietal cortese, screw cap closure,12% abv, Sainsbury, £8
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe pear and pear drops, white peach, a ripe but indistinct citrus note, and a spicy nuance.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium body, of medium intensity, with a smooth slightly oily mouthfeel, with flavours of ripe yellow pear, white peach, and an aftertaste of grapefruit pith. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy finish, with a slight bitterness at the end.
Quality: a good quality wine, quite simple on the palate, with a acidity to match the intensity of flavour. A wine with modest concentration but with a decent length. This wine will keep for a year but not improve with cellaring.