Pieropan Soave Classico has arrived!
I'm truly delighted to have the Soave Classico wines of Pieropan listed on the site, and we have three from their range.
For me, they are among the most delightful glasses of wine you can hold in your hand. Classic, authoritative, consistent and justifiably one of the most admired wines from the region, this is a smooth yet bright, fresh and rewarding wine. Full of ripe yellow fruits, citrus notes it is delivered via a mid-weight palate that balances round fruit texture with natural acidity and complexity. Delicious.
Pieropan has about 58 hectares of vineyards on the stony hills of Soave Classico where they've been making wine the 1890s. In the thirties, they were the first producer to bottle a wine labelled "Soave".
In the early seventies, they were the very first to make a single-vineyard Soave, their "Calvarino". The name derives from ‘Little Calvary’ referring to the difficulties in working the land and the tortuously winding path to the bottom.
The Calvarino vineyard is located in the hillside of Soave Classico, on volcanic soils, basalt rich, from the Eocene era, at an altitude of 200-300m above sea level.
The grapes are hand-picked, often in two stages to select the ripest grapes. Picking begins in mid-September for Trebbiano di Soave and in October for the Garganega grapes.
The wine ages in glass-lined cement tanks for a year. During this time, it remains on the fine lees (yeast) which adds a richness and complexity. After bottling, it ages slowly in the bottle for a few months before release.