2016 Malgra ‘Poggio Basco’ Gavi del Cummune di Gavi DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
Malgrà winery (azienda vinicola) is located in Mombaruzzo in the heart of the Monferrato near Asti in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy.
Together with Tenuta Carretta, located in Piobesi d’Alba in the heart of the Roero, and Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar of Elenovo, located in Tracia, Bulgaria, Malgrà is part of the Terre Miroglio Family Estates, a group that unites all winemaking properties of the Miroglio family.
“Poggio Basco” is a vineyard located in the township of Gavi at 400 m above sea level. With Southern exposure, this 7-hectare vineyard (17 acres) benefits from a strong exposure to the sun during the day, resulting in an important temperature variation between day and night. This favors the development of its floral aromas. The soil is mainly composed of limestone and, in small amounts, clay.
The wine is made from 100% Cortese grape, applying a skin-contact cold maceration before fermentation to enhance the aromatic profile and the wine’s structure and complexity. After vinification, the wine is aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks, no contact with oak.
This Gavi di Gavi white comes in a bright and elegant, shiny too, lemon-yellow color, just on the pale side of the spectrum, with slight green hues.
The nose is fragrant, with explosive zesty fresh lemon and lime aromas. It is very floral two, like citrus blossoms.
Essentially, smelling it feels like walking through a blossoming citrus orchard.
Some leafy notes, like acacia leaves are even here. Hints of white pepper spice things up a little. Delightful!
This is clearly a dry white, with crisp zesty acidity. But it’s well balanced by a delicate oily texture, and plenty of fruity flavors giving, just of impression, of subtle sweetness.
The entertaining aspect in here, is the burst of lively ripe lemon flavors you get as soon as you put the wine in your mouth. It’s intense and explosive with fresh lemon zest, lime, and delicate floral notes of elderflower and acacia honey.
The spiciness detected on the nose also comes through giving a subtle minty, peppermint feel, and amplifying the freshness sensation.
Mid-length fresh finish, slightly warming, which makes the lemon flavors last for quite long with a ripe lemon liqueur feel, a little like limoncello.
An impressive and delightful dry white wine from both the precision and the liveliness of its citrus and floral characteristics. Like a walk in a garden full of ripe lemons and blossoming orange trees on a warm afternoon, it transports and enchants the sense with fruity delights, yet with a perfectly controlled and clean approach, delicate and fine.
A precise and very charming fruity dry white.