Soave Classico, Pieropan 2015, Veneto, Italy

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: White

Advent Calendar Day: December 7th

The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s.

The Soave Blend is arguably one of Italy’s most famous white wines. This crisp and fruity white wine, made mostly in the Venetian hills near Verona, is now enjoyed around the world, offering a simple and refreshing wine experience.

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 harvests 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.

A pale straw yellow and restrained wine that surprises you with its almond blossom scents, and persistent fruit. The palate is dry, well balance and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.

Food matching ideas for Soave Classico include:

· Fried zucchini flowers (dry)
· Steamed scallops with ginger (dry)
· Grilled fish drizzled with olive oil and fresh vegetables
· Veronese pandoro (sweet)