By a fair stretch Pieropan is the leading producer in the region of Soave. They have shown the world just how great Garganega (the main variety used in Soave) can be. Remarkably textured and while seemingly simple at first taste, Pieropan’s wines are always compelling, their Soave Classico a stunner but the single cru Calvarino and La Rocca are just beyond comparison. Often when you are facing a difficult food match, the answer is Soave.
Mostly Garganega with about 10-15% Trebbiano di Soave, this is wonderfully aromatic – not a common feature of Soave – with floral notes (cherry blossom), citrus, stone fruit and almond. The palate is delicate and focussed, with excellent depth and lovely overall balance. 2013 is one of the best vintage of Pieropan’s Soave I have tasted. Get on it!
Soave – A small region near Veneto that makes a distinctively textural and cleansing wine from the Garganega grape supported by Trebbiano di Soave and Chardonnay.
Garganega – A wonderfully crazy variety that could only come from Italy. It grows in the small region of Soave in Veneto. Introspectively interesting rather than overt, its acidity and texture make it the worlds ultimate food matching variety.