Cortese grape, that quite surely owes its name to the pleasantness of the wine (in Italian cortese means kind), is a local variety. In the 19° century it was widely cultivated in Oltrepò Pavese, once a province of the Piedmont region until the unification of Italy in 1859, subsequently passed over to Lombardy.
The real origin of this grape is unknown; we think that it spread over to Piedmont thanks to Carthusian cloisters, being first quoted in some 17° century documents.
The grapes are directly put in a pneumatic press, the resulting must is then allowed to settle. The now-clarified must, after the addition of selected yeasts, ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 18° C.
In stainless steel until bottling.
Alcohol content: 12 - 12.5 % vol.
Straw yellow with golden tinges is the color of Cortese; at the nose it reveals an intense, pronounced pomaceus scent, especially of rennet apples, with a typical hint of almonds towards the end.
Pleasantly buttery at the palate, caressing and lightly structured, the perfect wine to pair to starters, light or vegetables hors-d’oeuvres (stuffed courgettes, brazed eggplants), seafood, trout meunière, risotto with Cortese, baked sea bream, and white meat.
Serving temperature 10°C