The vintage began with a mild and a long winter with little rainfall. Budding started in early April, followed by some night frosts. The month ended with temperatures below the average and well distributed rainfall. May was characterized by cool temperatures and frequent rains. June and July were hot and with little rainfall. The development of the vineyard was delayed compared to 2020. In August there were no heat waves. The harvest began on 29th August with the first parcel of Alta Langa and continued at a regular pace along with all the other grapes. Yields per hectare were below the average. The grapes were healthy and with perfect ripening parameters and surprisingly balanced in acidity.
Winemaker: Paolo Giacosa
Grapes: 100% Cortese
Growing Area: Gavi
Alcohol: 12,50 %
Food: Great with fish: appetizers, shellfish, seafood and sushi. It can be paired also with strong-flavoured sauces. Excellent as an aperitif.
Colour: Straw-yellow with typical greenish hues.
Nose: Wide, complex, notes of fresh wildflowers, lavender, sage, fruity, white peach and apricot.
Palate: Fresh, mineral, intense with a full body important acidity balance, very long persistence.
Serving: 8 - 10 °C
Cellaring: 7 - 8 years
Vines age: 35 years
Yield: 8500 kg/ha
Harvests: 100% hand-harvested
Training system: Guyot
Farming practices: Sustainable Viticulture
Grape bunches are hand-sorted on a vibrating table and chilled with carbonic snow to avoid oxidation and reduce considerably the use of sulphur and softly pressed. A part is pressed and macerated in the press at cool temperature for one night.
This process is “100% screw conveyor free” to handle grapes as gently as possible.
Fermentation process: the grape juice is obtained by soft pressing the whole clusters in an inert environment (nitrogen). The must is cooled before fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature.
Bottle refining: monterotondo is refined on its own lees in stainless steel tanks for 6-7 months and then in the bottle.
Monterotondo Gavi del Comune di Gavi, from the municipality of GAVI, thanks to the particular “terroir” characterized by a chalky-sulphurous soil and the microclimate, represents the best expression of the Cortese grape that reaches unique levels of complexity and elegance. This wine will also surprise you with its longevity.