Morgassi Superiore's Volo is a Gavi del Comune di Gavi DOCG, i.e. from the highest quality level under Italian wine-making regulations and is a step up from the lovely Morgassi Superiore Tuffo Gavi di Gavi DOCG (which I can also get hold of). The DOCG area is quite a small area of land around the town of Gavi with limestone dominant soils, the grapes are manually selected and the wine spends more time on its yeast; all this means that the wine is more structured, has more body and displays more minerality than "standard" Gavi DOC.
Morgassi Superiore is a small estate with 19 hectares of vineyards on steep hills and all facing south or south west. The Volo vineyard is slightly higher than the Tuffo which I previously stocked (but can still get hold of).
This is a lovely, classy Gavi di Gavi. On the nose ripe, juicy apples and pear with hints of almond, greengage and citrus fruits plus "flintiness" from the minerality for which the DOCG Gavi is known. The orchard fruit and mineral character is carried through on the palate leading to a long, dry finish of lime and apple. This is light to medium-bodied and refreshingly crisp. The indigenous Cortese grape from which Gavi is made is fairly high in acidity but the steely structure of this wine balances the crisp acidity.
This is a really lovely example of a Gavi di Gavi, elegant in structure and very versatile in terms of foods with which to serve it.
Recommended for eating with fish and seafood generally, chicken, salads, antipasti, lighter risottos, creamy sauces, pesto... This is a very versatile wine and will stand up to a wide range of foods.
Colour tones: almost translucent shades of straw yellow and greenish reflections which emphasise the wine's clarity and brilliance. Very delicate while intense bouquet with elegant and pervasive flower notes which in time blend and give way to the sweetness of more intense white and citrus fruit aromas, rising to prominence after a few minutes. On the palate it starts off decisively, with sharpness and precision. Long almost bitter finish, typical of the Cortese grape, with its decisive imprint of freshness, witness of the wine's potential for ageing.