2017 LA ROCCA, Pieropan. Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: `La Rocca' takes its name from the adjacent medieval castle and fortress that dominate the town of Soave, just east of Verona. The soil in La Rocca is unique in Soave in that it is a limestone outcrop (the same soil as in Valpolicella Classico) in a sea of basalt.
Grape Variety: 100% Garganega, picked late and fermented and aged for one year in large (2-5,000 litre) old oak barrels.
Producer: The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. They were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him running the estate.
Old Bridge Rating: Is this Italy's most consistently excellent white wine? Retains classically Italian freshness and drinkability, whilst also being a manifestly concentrated and serious wine for contemplation (and can be aged).
Press Reviews: Decanter Magazine, April 2020 -
"Full of restrained, fresh apricot fruit in a kind of Marsanne-Roussanne style. Lemon-leaf freshness, dried banana and the toastiness of the oak on the nose, silky and delicate with moderate yet refreshing acidity; vibrant and imperceptibly tannic. Drink 2020-40." 95/100
£31.00 per bottle
£29.45 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£27.90 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles