Soave Classico Pieropan, Veneto
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PRODUCER Pieropan's estate covers 30 hectares of vineyard, all of which are situated on the stony hills of the Soave Classico zone. The Pieropan
family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. 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 to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in
1971. Nino's two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him in running
the estate. After almost 80 years of bottling Soave Classico, Nino
reluctantly abandoned the Classico appellation from 2008, believing it
was time to move to a stelvin closure to protect the aromatic
characters of his wine.
VINEYARDS The soil is clay-basalt and volcanic in origin. Yields are low, and the vines south facing. The vineyards are planted primarily with
Garganega and the now rare Trebbiano di Soave (no relation to its
more prolific Tuscan namesake). No pesticides or chemicals are used
in the vineyards.
The cold, wet winter was followed by a mild Spring that ensured the
vines‘ vegetative development proceeded well. The flowering and
veraison went well, but from July the weather was very variable, with
extremes of temperature and high rainfall creating ideal conditions for
rot and mildew. Garganega, a thick-skinned and late-ripening variety,
was better equipped than the earlier ripening varieties to survive these
conditions. Pieropan‘s well-tended vineyards in Soave Classico saw
grapes ripen in mid October, giving wines that are a bit racier but
more aromatic than in 2009.
VINIFICATION The grapes were hand-picked over more than one session and then pressed and the juice separated from the skins. The must settled
and clarified before a slow fermentation in temperature controlled
cement vats at 20ºC. The wine aged in large oak casks until
bottling under stelvin closure in the spring.
WINE MAKERS COMMENTS Andrea Pieropan says of the vintage: " It is certainly the case in years with difficult weather conditions that having only your own vineyards means you can intervene quickly and take risky decisions in order to secure the best quality possible." He is happy with the 2010 vintage, feeling it will be a classic vintage that will result in wines that will age well.
TASTING NOTES Fresh and expressive, with a classic Soave character of white flowers, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. It has great balance between rounded, ripe fruit and a fresh, clean acidity. Longer and more fragrant than the previous vintage, it has a note of fine, almond pastry on the finish.