The La Battistina estate consists of 26ha of mature vineyard including 5ha in Gavi del Comune di Gavi. The property was acquired by leading Piemonte producer Araldica in 2002, establishing their reputation as a Gavi specialist, with the largest vineyard holdings in the region. La Battistina (and the neighbouring 20ha estate of La Lancellotta, from which grapes are also sourced) are renowned as among the best sites in Gavi.
The estate consists of eight separate vineyard plots along one prime south-facing slope – the distinct areas producing very different wines. The vineyard has a unique combination of limestone and clay soil which allows full ripening of the local Cortese grape. This, together with vines of average age 35 years, gives complexity and weight to what is one of Italy’s most fashionable white wines.
The majority of grapes go to produce the unoaked ‘La Battistina’, while ‘Nuovo Quadro’ comes from a small, plot at the foot of the Battistina hill which lies within the Comune di Gavi sub-zone. The ‘La Battistina’ range is produced by the Araldica winemaking team, overseen by Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese’s son Carlo.
The vineyards are south facing and the soil, chalky and mineral, which allows full ripening and excellent drainage. The 35 year old vines are trained Piemonte style on low Guyot trellis, planted with 4000 – 4500 vines per hectare and yielding 6600 lt/ha. Grapes are harvested a week ahead of the main harvest to retain the higher acidity essential for sparkling wines. The hand harvested grapes are whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press and subjected to a temperature controlled fermentation in small 100hl pressure tanks and spend 3 months on lees.
An interesting nose of crystallised ginger, citrus, apple, jasmine and a hint of spice. The palate is delicate, yet rich with citrus and ripe apricots. The mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is dry and refreshing.