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Alpha Zeta 'S' Soave 2017 (1x75cl)

Alpha Zeta was created in 1999 by UK wine importer, David Gleave MW, and New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson with this belief in mind. They realised that the key is to marry local grape growers with impeccable winemaking. All Alpha Zeta wines are made from indigenous grape varieties grown in the hills north-east of Verona.  The flavours of the grape shine through in the glass offering great value, quality and balance. Matt works with local Veronese grape growers in hillside vineyards to select parcels of fruit, rather than buying in bulk wine. They have worked together to reduce yields and the grapes are now picked later. In this way, they have been able to improve grape quality and obtain riper flavours.

Alpha Zeta's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.

Alpha Zeta 'S' Soave 2017 – Fiche Technique

£8.10

Anselmi Capitel Croce Igt 2017 (1x75cl)

Since taking over management of his family’s winery in the Soave district of northeast Italy’s Veneto region two decades ago, Roberto Anselmi has been motivated by an emotional and professional commitment to tapping the unrealized potential of the wines he grew up with. This has entailed a significant parting of ways with traditional vineyard and winemaking practices that have historically characterized the Soave district, and given birth to a new generation of north Italian white wines of unprecedented quality, character and finesse.

The Capitel Croce vineyard is situated on hilly terrain with southern exposure, covering just 2.5 hectares on the Zoppega hills around the town of Monteforte D'Alpone. The volcanic and rocky soil composition of the Capitel Croce vineyard offers excellent drainage and yields are kept low through densely planted vines.

This wine exhibits a straw colour and subtle vanilla and spice aromas are noticeable in the aromatics. On the palate there is a creamy texture, admirable finesse and complexity. It is surprisingly full flavoured both in concentration and length.

£19.70

Anselmi Capitel Foscarino Igt 2017 (1x 75cl)

Shows great depth and character, with ripe fruit reminiscent of peaches with floral elements, fresh balanced acidity and a long, persistent finish.

£17.45

Anselmi San Vincenzo Igt 2017 (1x75cl)

Since taking over management of his family’s winery in the Soave district of northeast Italy’s Veneto region two decades ago, Roberto Anselmi has been motivated by an emotional and professional commitment to tapping the unrealized potential of the wines he grew up with. This has entailed a significant parting of ways with traditional vineyard and winemaking practices that have historically characterized the Soave district, and given birth to a new generation of north Italian white wines of unprecedented quality, character and finesse.

Anselmi's land under vine presently covers a total of 62 acres, high in the volcanic, calcareous hills of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone. This area offers optimum drainage and microclimates especialy as Anselmi's vineyards are planted exclusively on the hills and not in the flat riverbed areas. The perfect southern exposure and elevated hillsides, volcanic tuff and rocky/calcareous slopes, together with severe pruning and green harvest, further reduces crop yields, ensuring maximum concentration.

The grapes are de-stemmed and then soft pneumatic pressed are used. The must goes thorugh cold maceration on skins for added depth and extract and the fermentation takes place at 16 C. After that the wine rests in steel vats for six months with natural yeast and no decanting. A further period of 3 months of bottle maturation before release. Roberto’s wine-making artistry sculptures the extraordinary material provided by superb terroir and vineyard management into a range with incredible depth, breadth and longevity.

Fruity, youthful style, reminiscent of nuts and peaches, already exhibits the trademark Anselmi complexity. No wood maturation, clean crisp flavours, long finish. Recommended with seafood and lighter white meat dishes such as steamed fish fillets with scallion-ginger oil, boiled lobsters with tarragon butter or braised pork chops with dill sauce.

 

£13.55

Bertani Due Uve Bianco Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Igt Venezie 2017 (1x75cl)

Due Uve is made from the combination of two grape varieties, chosen and put together to bring out the best in each other. The body and elegance of the Pinot Grigio, combined with the typical overtones of Sauvignon Blanc, make for a really original creation with great character and personality.

This wine comes from Venezia Giulia, which includes the provinces of Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine.

The harvest is done at the beginning of September. Fermentation takes place off the skins in steel tanks at a temperature of 14° to 16° C. Ageing is done in stainless steel containers, followed by bottle maturation.

A straw-yellow colour. The typical aromas of the Sauvignon are tangy on the nose; sage, ripe peach, elderflower and green pepper. The Pinot Grigio dominates on the palate, with good balance between tanginess and crisp acidity. A lingering aftertaste. 

This is perfect as an aperitif, it goes well with salads, delicate-flavoured pasta dishes and white meat.

£10.20

Bertani Soave Doc Sereole 2017 (1x75cl)

This is the most up-to-date interpretation of Bertani’s Soave, a wine that has historically been present on the most prestigious tables all over the world. Sereole is a Soave with a lively and unmistakeable personality. It is made exclusively with Garganega grapes, the most elegant native white grape from the Verona area, grown in the Sereole vineyard, a veritable cru on the hill between Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone. The slightly late harvest, combined with fermentation of the must in large oak barrels, adds freshness and richness of flavour which marry well with a light ageing in wood, to give the wine plushness and complexity.

Sereole is a “cru” in the Soave Classica area, the Monte Tondo, situated between the municipalities of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone. The soil is clay-loam with good amounts of organic matter, which enriches and brings out the typical notes of this grape variety.

The grapes are picked by hand in the middle of October, when they are ripe and rich in aromatic substances. Destemming is followed by gentle crushing with partial contact with the skins at a low temperature of 7°C, followed by fermentation at a controlled temperature of about 16°C in 75-hl French oak barrels. Ageing takes place on the lees at the end of fermentation in large wooden barrels for about six months, followed by at least three months of bottle maturation.

Sereole is a straw-yellow colour with golden highlights. The floral bouquet has overtones of elderflower and pear, developing into sweeter aromas of yellow-fleshed fruits such as apricot, pineapple and melon. Plush on the palate, balanced with sapid notes that enhance the structure. Food pairings: This Soave has a superior balance and personality, Sereole goes well with starters, soups and white meat.

£11.85

Bertani Soave Vintage Edition 2016 (1x 75cl)

Soave was one of the first Italian wines to be recognised as “typical and fine” as early as 1931. Bertani’s Soave was the image of this wine in the world. With the Soave Vintage they try to make it in the original way but also as a modern Soave: the colour is slightly more intense, the wine is fresh and crisp. Fine and elegant with aromatic notes of ripe fruit, peach and pear, with vegetal sensations reminiscent of sage, mint and elderflower.

The grapes for the Soave Vintage come from vineyards in the Soave hills. The very complex soils are of calcareous origin with a clay-loam texture.

The harvest for this wine is done is two parts. The first harvest is when about 40% of the grapes are picked in the last ten days of September, crushed and fermented off the skins at 14°C. The second harvest is the time when the rest of the grapes are carefully selected and picked at the end of October, crushed and fermented on the skins at a temperature of 20°C, for 15 days. Ageing takes place on the lees at the end of fermentation in concrete vats covered with glass bricks. This allows a slow and gradual ageing, thanks to the constant conditions of temperature and micro-oxygenation of this historic container.

The Bertani Soave Vintage Edition is a shining yellow colour with golden highlights. It is intense on the nose, layered, surprising and unique. The intense notes are of white flowers and gooseberry, bringing to mind something original. It continues with notes of peach and apricot, suggesting its complexity and surprising personality. On the palate the acidity is vibrant, softened by intense notes of gooseberry, peach and apricot, all accompanied by a richness of taste that makes the aftertaste long and lingering. A white with a great personality and complexity, it goes well with flavoursome white meats and intensely-flavoured fish dishes such as creamed salted cod.

£15.40

Borsari Garganega-Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2016 (1x 75cl)

Borsari Garganega / Pinot Grigio brings together two classic white-wine grapes from the North East of Italy. Garganega has been grown in the region for more than a thousand years and is also the grape behind one of Veneto’s top white wines, Soave. Pinot Grigio's ties to the region are more recent, but far more widely known. Pinot Grigio is tremendously popular when bottled as a single varietal.

This wine is refreshing and dry with citrus and apple fruit aromas. This wine is superb as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to calamari salad, clam soup and crispy garlic prawns with chilli.

£7.60

Botter Garganega-Pinot Grigio IGT Emilia 2017 (1x75cl)

They say that a good wine needs time to reveal its qualities, but it also needs dedication and constant commitment. Few products can embody so much expertise and thousands of years of history as those made by Botter. It has passed through the careful hands of three generations for whom wine was a passion as well as a trade. They have responded to the constantly evolving market over time, in a process of ongoing expansion.

This is a crisp, dry white wine with a wonderful fruit-forward palate and a delicate, long finish. The combination of these two grapes, results in a win with white flowers on the nose. Well-balanced, juicy fruit on the palate. the palate is dry, well-balanced and full-bodied.

£7.70

Ca Rugate Monte Fiorentine Soave Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 article on Soave (see blue link below).

Ca'Rugate Monte Fiorentine Soave Classico 2016 - May 2018 Decanter review

The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari family since the early 1900s. The estate was renamed Ca'Rugate in 1986, taking its name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. Now run by the fourth generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. Ca'Rugate has been awarded the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri' award rating from Gambero Rosso multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the "Top Five producers of high end Soave".

The grapes come from the Monte Fiorentine vineyard in Brognoligo di Monteforte d'Alpone and are harvested at optimum maturity in the middle of October. The yields are 90-100 quintals per hectare. The vineyard soils are volcanic and rich in minerals, imparting a certain minerality to the final wine.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 16 to 18°C for approximately 10 to 15 days, maintaining the freshness and aromatic qualities of the Garganega grapes.

Rich and golden in colour, a wonderful example of a Soave Classico, with beautiful layering of exotic, tropical fruits and a touch of minerality. Full and rich in flavour, this is a structured wine with a fresh, mineral finish. This wine is best enjoyed chilled, to accompany full flavoured dishes in creamy sauces, fish, soups and young cheeses.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£15.35

Cantina Di Monteforte Soave Classico Superiore Docg Vigneto Montegrande 2016 (1x75cl)

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 south/southeast facing hillside site with superb exposure where vines are on average more than 30 years old. The vineyard is situated 250-300 metres 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 2016 season was similar to 2015, characterised by a cool winter with abundant rainfall. The beginning of vegetative activity was accompanied by alternating dry and rainy periods allowing for perfect vine development. The hot and dry summer led to an abundant harvest with healthy grapes of great quality.

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 approximately 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 a top quality Soave. Honeyed, waxy and complex on the palate, with a lovely citrus twist on the finish, it is well balanced and long.

£9.75

Filippi Soave Vigne Della Bra 18 Mesi 2013 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Soave (see blue link below).

Filippi Soave 2013 - May 2017 Decanter review

100% Garganega.

Certified organic.

The Filippi vineyards in Castelcerino are 320-400 metres above sea level (the highest in the region) and the presence of the nearby forest creates an ideal micro-climate which is always ventilated and characterised with good temperature range between day and night. All this contributes to the persistence of perfumes and aromas in the wine. These are superb wines with beautiful definition and minerality and a naturalness which is at odds with the convention of the region.

(MICRO)CLIMATE: Warm and sunny with good ventilation.

TERROIR: Basalt and calcareous rock.

VITICULTURE: Hand-harvested vines with an average age of 60 years.

ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 10-20,000 bottles.

VINIFICATION: Manual harvest; fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeast(s); aged on the lees for 4-6 months before bottling.

A light white wine with good freshness, floral notes and aromas of almonds and fresh fruit. The palate is fresh and dry with a slightly salty taste and a hint of almonds on the finish.

£17.65

La Cavea Pinot Bianco/Garganega 2017 (1x75cl)

La Cavea wines are made at the Cantina Colli Vicentini. The name 'La Cavea' refers to the beautiful Roman architecture of Vicenza in northeastern Italy. Wine has been made in the hills around Vicenza for centuries, and grapes like Merlot, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco were brought here by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century.

The vineyards are south-west facing and are planted on alluvial soils. These hillside sites experience cool nights, allowing the aromatic compounds of the grapes to develop. The vines are trained using the Guyot system.

The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cold winter with abundant rainfall. At the end of April, there was a period of frost. For this reason, blossom only began to appear towards the end of May, with an earlier start on the lower slopes. Sunny weather followed, but frost and drought meant this was a relatively challenging vintage in terms of quantity. Nevertheless, the grapes were healthy and of good quality.

Careful selection of the best fruit was carried out in the vineyard prior to harvest. Once picked, grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 12 hours before being very gently pressed. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks and remained on its lees for four months prior to bottling. No oak was used.

This Pinot Blanc is straw yellow colour with golden reflexes. The nose is characteristic with an elegant hint of bread crust. Fresh and unoaked, it has a lovely weight and nicely rounded fruit on the palate.

£7.75

Pieropan Calvarino Soave Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition article on Soave (see blue link below)

Pieropan Calvarino Soave Classico 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review

Pieropan's estate covers 46 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, now work with him running the estate. From the 2015 vintage onwards, all Pieropan wines are organically certified.

Calvarino takes its name, 'little Calvary', from the steepness of the slope and the difficulty this presents in working the vineyard. It has the basalt soil that is classic in this part of Soave and is planted with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines; the Trebbiano di Soave perfume and richness of flavour. There are usually at least two passes through the vineyard to ensure the grapes are picked at the best possible stage of ripeness. The vineyards are farmed organically. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and are planted 200 to 300m above sea level, at a density of 3000 vines per hectare.

Mild temperatures and moderate rains accompanied the winter season. The beginning of the vines’ growth cycle saw abundant rain, but was thankfully followed by a hot and dry period. This allowed for perfect health and organoleptic qualities in the grapes, making this 2015 vintage one of the best, if not the best, of the last 20 years.

The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, with the free-run juice fermented at controlled temperatures between 14 and 18°C. The Calvarino was not aged in oak but remained on its lees in glass-lined cement tanks for a year adding complexity and depth to the final wine. It remained in bottle at least two months before release.

The Calvarino is pale straw yellow in colour, with youthful green hues when young, turning golden with ageing. Fresh, floral aromas with elderflower, lemon and cherry. The palate is dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.

£19.15

Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Soave (see blue link below)

Pieropan Soave 2014 - May 2017 Decanter review

A quite wonderful wine that turns Soave on its head, largely through the sheer intricacy of winemaking. For the technically-minded: 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 (Pieropan feels 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 barrels for one year. The wine then stayed for four months in bottle before release. 

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 minerally edge.

 

£25.10
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