The 2014 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Soave (see blue link below). We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the current 2016 vintage - the 2014 has sold out! - to be of equal quality and drinkability!
Cantina Di Monteforte Soave Classico Superiore Montegrande 2014 - May 2017 Decanter review
The Cantina di Monteforte co-op is situated in the eastern part of Soave Classico and Soave. They have 1,200 hectares in total, part in Soave Classico and part outside the Classico zone, with some of the best vineyards in Soave Classico. 60% of their vineyards are on the hills, facing south and southeast, which gives wines that are riper and fuller than most others produced in Soave. The co-op has 600 members and harvests about 20,000 tonnes of grapes a year. Cool summer breezes blowing down the Alpone valley from the foothills of the Dolomites to the north give warm days and cool nights, which helps with the accumulation of aromatic characters in the grapes. Matt Thomson works with Gaetano Tobin at the Cantina to produce these wines.
The grapes for this single vineyard wine are grown in the ’Montegrande’ vineyard, a hillside site facing south and southeast with superb exposure. Vines are on average 30 years old. The vineyard is 250-300m above sea level and soils are volcanic in origin. This site produces wines that are riper and fuller than most others produced in Soave Classico.
The wine was made using small-batch vinification in mid-October. The grapes were pressed gently using special presses. The must was fermented in small barrels as well as 15 hectolitre barrels, where the wine remained for about one year until bottling.
Pale gold in colour, this wine opens with a fresh, scented nose that shows hints of white fruit and the characteristic almond blossom notes of top quality Soave. Honeyed, waxy and complex on the palate, with a lovely citrus twist on the finish, it is well balanced and long.