Bolla Tufaie DOCG Soave Superiore Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2012
Grown on chalky soil at about 250m altitude, hand harvest, cold maceration, de-stalked, gently pressed, with slow fermentation at about 13C. The wine remains on the fine lees, with a proportion aged in French oak barriques, with bottling in March following harvest, then 2 months bottle ageing before release. A blend of 90% garganega and remainder trebbiano di soave, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Conad Supermercato, Latte, near Ventimiglia, about €7.
The characteristics of Soave are said to be fresh acidity with spiciness, with lemon and almond flavours.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium intensity, developing, with aromas of over-ripe dessert apple and stewed conference pear, honeyed, apricot and gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), with a spicy hint.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium (+) alcohol, a medium body, of medium intensity, with flavours of sweet dessert apple, ripe pear, unripe apricot and warmer hints of guava. A medium (+) length with a clean slightly gummy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, alcohol is slightly high for the acidity and flavour intensity, nevertheless perfect as a food wine. A wine of modest complexity with some evidence of evolution, but without the characteristics and balance to keep beyond 2-3 years.