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2018 Pieropan Soave Classico
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- Cellar Drink Now - 2 years (2019-2021)
- ABV 12%
- Closure: Stelvin
The Pieropan winery is in the heart of the Classico zone and dates back to 1890. Leonildo ‘Nino’ Pieropan, who sadly passed away in 2018, was the first to show the world just how great Garganega, and Italian white wine, can be. He recognised the importance of terroir early on, acquiring various hillside vineyards and expanding the prestigious Calvarino and La Rocca vineyards, first made as single vineyard crus in 1971 and 1978 respectively.
Today, sons Dario (winemaker) and Andrea (viticulturist) continue the family tradition. The brothers have converted all of their vineyards to organic and are overseeing the new winery being built amongst the vineyards just outside the village.
2018 was a great vintage for Garganega, producing fully ripened grapes whilst still retaining high natural acidity. Brilliant pale straw colour with a greenish tinged outskirts and a watery hue. Lifted lime, pear and red apple skin aromas drift from the glass followed by hints of quince and wet stone. Vibrant flavours of fresh pear, red apple and lime show some zing with citrusy quince like characters and flinty mineral elements also evident. Nicely textured, it finishes dry with refreshing acidity and a long pear, apple, subtle quince and flinty mineral aftertaste.
Drink over the next 1-2 years.