The nice people at Mondial Wines sent me a bottle of this Batasiolo Gavi del Comune di Gavi. I’m a fan of Italian wines so it’s good to see a supplier specialising in them.
Lots of people tell me they don’t like Italian white wines. They are usually lying, they just don’t know it yet. Italian whites have a bit of a dodgy reputation as Italy does produce an awful lot of really bad ones. Luckily most of them get turned into vinegar or industrial alcohol, the next grade up get consumed locally, so you shouldn’t be subjected to anything too bad elsewhere, but insipid Pinot Grigios or – heaven forfend “pinot blush” for the Mum’s night out market have create a little niche of wines for people who don’t like wine.
Luckily, Gavi production is strictly controlled and if it says DOCG on the label, it’s going to be OK. Gavi is one of those wines that Italy does brilliantly, unlike anyone else. It comes from northern Italy,where the weather is cooler and mists roll in, making it a good autumn choice for me.
This wine is clear and bright with a slight hint of straw colour. It smells a little of grapefruit and flowers. I have no idea what grapefruit blossoms actually smell like, but I imagine they smell like this wine.
It’s dry and crisp, really crisp, carrying on that grapefruit theme, but not puckeringly so. Think pink grapefruit. There’s a flintiness like a Pouilly Fume. There’s other fruit too, something a bit like peaches, but not that sweet, more like peach stone, which too me is a fabulous flavour (although don’t go ahead and make peach stone pie, there’s a tiny bit of arsenic in them). That softens into something a little like almonds, which is a nice flavour to end on.
It has quite a mouthfeel, and comes in squarely at a medium level of alcohol so you can justify that second glass, just to double check whether pink grapefruit flowers are a thing.
At £12 a bottle this is a really good choice for someone who wants to dip their toe into Italian whites and be sure of having something that not only tastes good, but doesn’t taste like a wine you could find in the New World. Sit back and relax with a glass knowing people have been drinking this wine for 400 years, although you’ll be drinking a much more sanitary version, as the invention of stainless steel really lets the fruit flavour shine through. Hurrah for the Industrial Revolution.
Right now Mondial Wines are offering 20% off all Italian wines if you use the secret code “premium-reader” at checkout, putting this wine at supermarket price. They’ll chuck in free delivery if you spend £50. I told you they were nice people.