Broglia’s unique Gavi di Gavi Vecchia Annata 2009 comes from the best, hand-picked Cortese grapes from the oldest vineyards of the Tenuta La Meirana, planted between 1953 and 1955.
The 2009 vintage was characterized by regular flowering in the first ten days of June and a hot summer with significant diurnal temperature variation. Those conditions, combined with “sur lie” ageing in steel tanks and regular batonnage for 85 months have given this ‘Super Gavi’ great structure and a profound intensity of flavours and aromas. The wine bears comparison to a fine White Burgundy, in terms of elegance, texture and depth of flavour.
This is a truly unique wine, made in extremely limited quantities and it will not be out of place on the finest wine lists. This collector’s item is a real first for Gavi and demonstrates the region’s quality. If you are partial to some of the Cantina Terlaner Rarita aged white releases, then this is the wine for you. At £89 per bottle, it’s fractionally cheaper than the Rarita £100+ releases, but equally as rare and desirable.
Beautiful lemon lime straw colour. Wow. A very complex nose of pear purée, tarte tatin, baked apples, cinnamon and marzipan spices. Intriguing notes of dried figs, wet straw and cut grass aromatics. Unfurls in the glass as you’d expect from a wine with this type of lengthy ageing and pedigree. Lovely saline notes on the nose carry to the palate in a pithy, zippy, aromatic melange of pear skins, grated apples, yellow orchard fruits and a spicy, dusty, alluring minerality. The finish long, mesmerisingly austere, stony and intense with hints of dried herbs, nuts, brine, ripe pears and dusty crushed chalk. Intriguing notes of red cherry fruit develop together with complex almond skin spice and pithy bitter walnut on a fresh Chablis-like finish. A wine that is very much a ‘gourmet’ food wine that offers up a whole lot of intrigue and impressive winemaking ambition.
(Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)