Gavi di Gavi 'La Minaia' 2019
It's the time that many of us long to be in Italy again, but sadly at the moment that's difficult. We can however be drinking one of Italy's loveliest white wines, in the latest 2019 vintage from this great Gavi di Gavi. This fresh, aromatic and very elegant wine from the lovely cortese grape is native of Piedmont, and home of Italy's greatest wines (and of course food), dating from the 17thC. A refreshing change from sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.
Nicola Bergaglio's 'La Minaia' Gavi di Gavi was recommended to me as the best Gavi there is by very knowledgeable Italian friends at Borgo Pignano, the glorious villa and estate outside Volterra. They were right and that is why this is the only Gavi on our list. It did not surprise us that a recent vintage of this wine was awarded the highest accolade in the Vini d'Italia magazine.
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How does the wine taste?
All the classic flavours you would expect of a Gavi di Gavi - pears, citrus fruit, apples - but with a balance and length unusual for a wine at this price. This is a finely crafted, fresh white which would also make an ideal match for all manner of white fish dishes.
What do the critics say?
Here's an assessment of the previous vintage as Gavi di Gavi 2019 has been released recently.
"Mrs Ray also has a distinct weakness for Gavi di Gavi, honed during many years of sitting by sun-dappled pools on holiday in Italy. She heartily approved of the 2017 Nicola Bergaglio, La Minaia Gavi di Gavi and I lapped it up too (what little she left). Made from 100 per cent Cortese in the heart of Piedmont, its stainless-steel fermented for freshness and spends plenty of time in bottle before release. Its aromatic and peachy with mouth-filling fresh fruit and a long, silky finish."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"Fresh hints of citrus fruit, hawthorn followed by sea and cliff aromas...The length demonstrates incisiveness. Pronounced flavour and juicy drink."
"Tre Bicchieri (3 glasses) 2016 - Winner - 2015 vintage. Tre Bicchieri is the most coveted award for an Italian wine. This is the highest rating that can be given to a wine as part of 'Vini dItalia' guide book."