Gavi, La Raia, Piemonte, Italy 2018
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Biodynamic – family-run – 40 hectares
The estate of La Raia is owned by the Rossi Cairo family and comprises 40 hectares of vineyards alongside 60 hectares of fields and elderflower & acacia woodlands. They began to farm following biodynamic practices in 2003, also taking a decision to foster the growth of these woodlands in order to protect the natural ecosystem of the area. The vineyard is located at 400 metres above sea level, on calcareous and clay soils. With vines ranging from 10-70 years of age, the team are blessed with the opportunity to create a number of unique cuvees from the lower yielding zones of the vineyard, handpicking all of their harvest each year.
Their Gavi Riserva perfectly embodies the philosophy of the estate. Yields are low and native yeasts are used in order to produce a wine that possesses exciting energy and vibrancy. The nose is delicate, with the hints of white flowers that are typical of this region. The palate is rich and dry, with refreshing acidity, complex stone fruit characters and a savoury, saline finish – the ideal partner with seafood and shellfish.