Country: Italy Region: Soave Classico, Veneto
Vintage: 2020 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Dario Pieropan
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 to make a single-vineyard Soave, ‘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 certified organic.
The grapes were hand harvested in order to select the ripest grapes of optimum quality. The Trebbiano di Soave grapes were harvested in mid-September and the Garganega grapes were harvested slightly later in October. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed, the juice was then fermented in glass-lined cement tanks at around 17°C. The wine was aged on its lees for a year in the cement tanks for increased richness and complexity. Ageing in bottle took place for a few months prior to release.
The `Calvarino` is pale straw yellow in colour, with youthful hues turning golden with age. On the nose, there are fresh, floral aromas with elderflower, lemon and cherry. The palate is dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.
Food Matches: Veal / Oysters / Mussels