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Pieropan, La Rocca Soave Classico 2019 (1x75cl)

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Grape Variety: Garganega
Organic: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.0%
Product Code: ITVE0140B19S
Delivery: Usually ships in 5-10 working days
£28.35

This wine is/was the Wine of the Week on Friday 8th October 2021 at Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Tamlyn Currin. The full article appears here.

Awarded 17.5++ points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Tamlyn Currin MW - in September 2021 (see blue link below).

Pieropan, La Rocca Soave Classico 2019 - jancisrobinson.com September 2021 review

Indeed, this wine has recorded consistently high scores with Team Jancis over the last eight vintages (see link below).

Pieropan, La Rocca Soave Classico - jancisrobinson.com scores, 2012-2019 vintages

The depleted 2018 vintage was awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.

The 2018 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2020 edition article on Ageing Italian Whites (see blue link below).

Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2017 - May 2020 Decanter review

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Pieropan's estate covers 58 hectares of vineyard which are situated on the stony hills of Soave Classico. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1890s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first producer in Soave to make a single vineyard wine, 'Calvarino', in 1971. Nino's two sons, Andrea and Dario, took over the running of the estate in 2017 when Nino fell ill and before he passed away in April 2018. From the 2015 vintage onwards, all Pieropan wines are organically certified.

The grapes were grown in the vineyard of 'La Rocca', which takes its name from the adjacent medieval castle and fortress ("La Rocca") that dominate the town of Soave, just east of Verona. The soil in La Rocca is unique in Soave in that it is a limestone outcrop (the same soil as in Valpolicella Classico) in a sea of basalt. Because of this soil, the family feels they get sufficient ripeness in the Garganega to make a wine solely from this variety.

After gentle, whole-bunch pressing, there was a short period of maceration on the skins followed by fermentation at 20ºC in stainless steel tanks and 500 litre oak casks because the family feels that Garganega is too delicate for fermentation in barrique. 60% of the wine then remained in 500 litre oak casks and 40% aged in 2,000 litre 'botti' or large barrels for one year. The wine was then aged for four months in bottle before release.

100% Garganega.

'La Rocca' is golden yellow in the glass, with intense, concentrated perfumes that follow through to the palate. Classic La Rocca aromas of almond essence and honey lead to an elegant and beautifully balanced palate, with notes of vanilla and almond kernel, ripe apricots and exotic fruit. The long finish has a light mineral edge.