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Producer: Michele ChiarloGrape Varieties: 100% CorteseOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Light fresh dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
Michele Chiarlo is one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers. Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.
2017 saw a mild winter with less than average rainfall, which led to limited soil water reserves. Mild spring temperatures set the growing season off early; however an extremely unusual night frost occurred during April, which led to significant frost damage in some areas. This has not occurred on this scale for 50 years. The summer was dry, temperatures stabilised and the growth cycle continued. Harvest took place earlier than usual, although the yields were down the quality of the remaining grapes was high.
The grapes are grown in a vineyard facing east and southeast, which optimises the vine's exposure to the sun. The vines are planted in white soils which are mainly composed of limestone and a small amount of clay, which help to impart elegance and freshness to the resulting wine.
The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity and the clusters were sorted. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled vats and rested in vat for three months to retain the freshness and aromatic qualities of the Cortese variety, prior to being bottled.
Bright and modern, this is a floral and fruity Gavi showcasing appealing aromas of exotic fruits and white peach. It is harmonious and refreshing on the palate with a pleasing roundness and an elegant finish.
This is a great match for grilled king prawns with a honey and lemon dressing; salmon and vegetable tempura.
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