Pieropan, La Rocca, DOC Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2013
On DOC Soave and garganega
Soave is a white still and sparkling (brut -> dry) wine appellation, dominated by garganega. For all wines the requirements are a minimum of 70% garganega, along with 30% maximum of trebbiano di soave/chardonnay, and a maximum of 5% other approved white grapes .
Garganega is a vigorous late ripening variety. Its wines show fresh acidity and spiciness, with a sensory profile including yellow-skinned citrus and almond , also commonly, apple, apricot, pear, peach and yellow apple, and less commonly, hay and floral tones.
This wine: lot No. L.05.02.15, varietal garganega, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Delilah Fine Foods, £28 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rich lemon hue, with aromas of yellow citrus, apple, white peach, spicy lemon curd and white pepper; medium-full bodied, with flavours of spicy white peach, lemon curd and a richer tropical dimension of pineapple skin. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lemon pith, crisp green apple, grapefruit juice, beeswax, a whiff of barely honeyed white peach, white pepper, hint of spicy lemon curd, and, on day 2, a distinct note of roast hazelnuts.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety almost oily texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of spicy white peach, lemon curd, grapefruit pith, pineapple skin and beeswax. A medium (+) length with a clean unripe stone fruit edged with citrus finish, and a low-key grip.
Quality: very good, finely balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; sound intensity throughout, similar concentration; there is a suggestion of deft exposure to old oak evidenced by the grip, which, together with assumed lees ageing, adds body weight and texture; otherwise showing moderate complexity, with ahint of tertiary development with notes of beeswax, roast nuts and honey. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, good concentration and length, a developing profile and complexity, which should deepen in the tertiary dimension, with a more distinct honeyed note, and perhaps development of a nutty note.
- DOC Soave. [online] accessed 07/02/18.
- Robinson, J., et al. (2012). Wine Grapes. Allen Lane, Penguin Books.