Pieropan Soave, DOC, 2011.
85% garganega, 15% trebbiano di soave, screw cap closure, 12% abv. Hennings Wines, about £14.
Soils/climate – volcanic soils, west facing hillsides at 100-300m above sea level.
Vinification – 5200 vines/ha, 80-90hl/ha yield, hand harvested; fermented in glass lined cement tanks, then racked off the gross lees and held on the fine lees, and bottled in the spring following harvest.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe lemon, a little spice like lemon sherbet, ripe grapefruit, and a hint of something warm ripe and tropical – like white peach, or carton pineapple juice; there is also an earthy mushroom-like note.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol with a medium body, and with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of citrus, lemon and grapefruit, again a hint of stone fruit – warm fresh apricot, with a long length, and clean crisp finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, harmonious – a great description of a wine that has all elements in perfect balance – alcohol and acidity, alcohol and intensity of flavour, a moderately complex wine with fruit concentration, and a long length with a crisp clean fruity finish.