2013 Ceravolo Estate Cortese D'Ashton

Awarded a Gold Medal for Best White Wine and Best White Italian Wine at the 2013 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show and a Bronze Medal at the 2013 Australian Small Winemakers Show, the grapes for the Ceravolo Estate Cortese are the only ones planted in South Australia and one of only two plantings of this rare Piedmont variety in Australia.

Planted in 2010 the Cortese grows at 500 metres in the cool Adelaide Hills. The grapes from a single, low-yielding estate vineyard are fermented in stainless steel. The wine has already had some rave reviews overseas, particularly at the VinItaly Exhibition last year where according to winemaker Joe Ceravolo the Piedmontese could not believe what they were tasting, the prominent white flower aromatics of the variety so similar to their own acclaimed Cortese di Gavi DOCG

This is a clear straw yellow coloured wine. Offers lifted aromas of a grassy field, lily of the valley perfume, green apple and yellow plum.

Moderate acidity and light to medium body. Lime, beeswax and honeydew palate, some minerality and fine tannins. Slightly tart edges but smooth in the main. Has that dry Italian steely savouriness that will make it ideal with food. Elegant and impressive.

Source: Sample. ABV: 11.5%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $22.00. Rating: 91 Points.

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