A wide and temperate agricultural region stretches from Venice to Verona and north to the alpine foothills. In the west around Lake Garda, are the important generic wines – Valpollicella, Soave and Bardolino. Much of Italy’s commercial Pinot Grigio and Merlot is grown further east, but the Prosecco grace makes the region’s distinctly fashionable sparkling wine. However the recent popularity of Amazon and Ripasso has really re-established this region as one of Italy’s best wine growing areas and quality is out of all recognition from the light carafe wines of the early 19880’s.
Gorgo was established in 1973 in the village of Custoza. Originally only 22 hectares, the estate now stretches over 60 hectares in the ‘Bianco di Custoza’ and ‘Bardolino’ production areas. The estate is owned and managed by Roberto Bricolo with a skilled viticultural team who have been in place for nearly 30 years. All the wines are hand crafted and of very high quality. The light soils of the region are full of pebbles and silt, rich in calcium which gives the wines a distinctive mineral character.
This fantastic Custoza Superiore is made from late harvested grapes giving fantastic concentration and a bright gold colour to the wine. the bouquet is intense with orange blossom and jasmine aromas. Full and round the palate has intense notes of dried mango, lemon curd, ripe melon, peach and apricot. Silky and opulent in the mouth and kept in good balance by fresh acidity.
Serve with shellfish, tuna carpaccio or chicken dishes.
(Information provided by www.ellis-wines.co.uk)