Soave is situated in the heartland of Veneto; geographically it sits right next door to red compatriot Valpolicella, creating a gentle and friendly rivalry. Yields are low and the vines south facing, so plants can gain the most from the Italian sun and volcanic soils, ensuring production of the best fruit.
85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave.
Grapes are handpicked and pressed before juice and skins are separated; slow fermentation at controlled temperatures follows, finished by ageing in stainless steel tanks.
Drink now and over the next 18 months.
The Pieropan family has been producing wines since the 1860s, and were the first producers to use the name Soave on their bottles 70 years later. The modern history of the estate started when Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971.
After taking over the estate, he acquired other crus to add to Calvarino, which was bought by his grandfather in 1901. Nino Pieropan attaches enormous importance to the quality of fruit produced in the estate’s 35 hectares of vineyards.
This wine works an absolute treat with Chinese cuisine and softly spiced Indian seafood dishes. More traditionally worked well with a pasta, with a tomato and root vegetable sauce and a sprinkling of Parmigiano and black pepper.
Suitable for vegetarians.
In the press
"Proper wine. Bravissimo! Real beginning, middle and end, with a hint of bitter almonds." Jancis Robinson MW
Wine Enthusiast: 91 points
Wine Spectator: 90 points