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Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico MAGNUM 2018 (1x 1.5L)

** MAGNUMS ARE THE ONLY VIABLE WAY TO BUY THIS DWWA WINNER AFTER OUR STOCK OF STANDARD BOTTLES HAVE GONE. ALL STANDARD BOTTLES HAVE GONE AT THE UK IMPORTER! THE 2019 VINTAGE IS ALSO AVAILABLE. ** Read more>

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Grape Variety: Garganega
Bottle Size: 1.5L
ABV: 13.0%
Product Code: ITVE0140M18S
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£56.75

Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

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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.

Spring 2018 was characterized by continuous rains. Summer was cool until the end of July, then the temperatures rose significantly and remained high until the end of August. At the beginning of September heavy rains arrived. High humidity slightly affected the health of the fruit. Many producers of the area began the harvest earlier than usual. At Pieropan, harvest began instead at the end of September to wait the complete ripening of the fruit and ended in October. On the whole, the grapes developed normally and in perfect condition. Yields were slightly higher than in 2017.

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.