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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > ITALY: North-West Whites, including Gavi

Winner Details

Italy: North-West - White, including Gavi

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 3 Bronze: 5 Commended: 2
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 1 Bronze: 2 Commended: 5

The past couple of years look to have been pretty good ones for Gavi, and this year our teams were uniformly happy with what they were tasting. There was genuine enthusiasm at being able to pick the best of a good bunch for the Gold List, rather than, effectively, having the job done for them by a patchy selection with a couple of stand-outs.

With their soft flavours and delicate mouthfeel there’s plenty here for your customers to get enthusiastic about, whether you’re an Italian restaurant or not, and the more expensive wines here could be an interesting trade-up for those punters who come in looking for Pinot Grigio.

The Tenimenti Ca’ Bianca, which won a deserved Food Match Trophy, is particularly good for under £40 on a list.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘The Gavis were great. All were very well made, very fresh, and good value for money.’ Carlos Ferreira, The Sign of the Don

‘A very good standard. Gavi is classic in style, and only one was showing some oak. I think it’s a fashionable style, because it’s delicate, the aromatics are subtle and gentle on the nose, and there’s some nice minerality – good food wines.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘Gavis are easy to sell, the cheaper wines were very good for their prices, but you’d want more for your money at the more expensive prices.’ Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

“These [Gavi] were very representative of the varietal. Though at the higher price points we didn’t always find the quality we expected.” Mahesh Nair, Charlotte Street Hotel

FOOTNOTE: Includes wines from Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Piedmont & Liguria.

Award winners

Found 12 wines

Italy: North-west, including Gavi & Barolo/Barbaresco

Araldica, Valle Berta, Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Delicacy and phenomenal value took Araldica to the top. 'Angelica and talc aromas, with pear and a dash of citrus on a light, delicate flavour profile. A nice wine for the price,' said team leader Angela Reddin, with Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don noting 'very fresh, green apple and lemon fruit with very good balance and acidity'.

£5.52 Majestic Commercial

Tenimenti Ca' Bianca, Gavi 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

Classy and pretty, the Roast Salmon Food Match Trophy winner has depth alongside distinctive flavours. Team leader Angela Reddin found 'banana and orchard blossom' aromas on the nose, also noting: 'Quite full in the mouth, with some yellow stone fruits and a clean, long, classy finish.' 'Herbaceous with asparagus notes, and very elegant,' said Mahesh Nair of Charlotte Street Hotel.

£10.00 GIV UK

Lupi, Pigato, Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2014, Liguria, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Interesting style, with its yellow, exotic quince fruit, followed by nice weight and texture on the palate,' said team leader Sam Caporn MW, adding: 'Crisp with good length.' Meanwhile Mauro Pirovano of New Street Grill spotted the Ligurian hallmarks 'warm minerals, smoky notes'.

£16.10 Eurowines

Bibendum Wine, Tuffolo, Gavi 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Zesty style with clean citrus and good acidity, a full mouthfeel and fresh finish,' began Mahesh Nair of Charlotte Street Hotel. 'Almost a spritz on the palate, clean and fresh with nice length,' added team leader Angela Reddin.

£7.61 Bibendum

Vite Colte, Masseria dei Carmelitani, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy

Silver medal winner

Mahesh Nair of Charlotte Street Hotel enjoyed its 'apricots and unripe plum on the nose, good balance and quite lengthy finish', while team leader Angela Reddin found 'some pineapple and red apple aromas, layered concentration with elegance in the mouth'.

£11.00 VinumTerra

Lupi, Petraie, Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2014, Liguria, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Restrained, but rounded and interesting style, showing ripe yellow fruit on the palate and finish,' said team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£18.20 Eurowines

Marchese Luca Spinola, Blue Label, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Wet leaf, green apple and lime aromas with vegetal notes, good balance, leaving a very fresh aftertaste,' said Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don, with Charlotte Street Hotel's Mahesh Nair finding 'tropical notes on a fruit-driven palate'.

£8.50 Boutinot

Marchese Luca Spinola, Tenuta Massimiliana, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Citrus and frangipane scents, linear in the mouth and very mineral, almost salty. Very good,' said team leader Angela Reddin, with The Sign of the Don's Carlos Ferreira agreeing: 'Crisp, fresh, balanced and salty, perfect with seafood.'

£9.75 Boutinot

Morgassi Superiore, Volo, Riserva, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Orchard fruits on a fragrant nose, with apricot notes on a long-lasting, elegant palate,' began Robert Jones of Aramark at JP Morgan, with team leader Angela Reddin also picking up 'orange blossom and hard peach on a very pretty wine'.

£12.76 Bibendum

Michele Chiarlo, Fornaci, Gavi del Comune di Tassarolo 2011, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Beautiful colour, smooth green and red apple with a tropical note, great balance and a good finish,' said Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don. 'The oak treatment is nicely done, not too much and allows the fruit through to a lovely, nutty finish,' added team leader Angela Reddin.

£19.37 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

La Scolca, White Label, Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2015, Piedmont , Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.95 Eurowines

La Scolca, Black Label, Gavi dei Gavi 2014, Piedmont , Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.48 Eurowines

 

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