2020 Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico


Region: Soave, Veneto, Italy

Viticulture: Certified Organic

Winemaker : Dario Pieropan

Established Date: 1890

Soave Classico DOC ‘La Rocca’ La Rocca, first made in 1978, is named after the medieval castle and fortress overlooking the town. Made from 100% Garganega, grown on chalky soil harvested quite late. Following a brief skin maceration, fermentation takes place in tonneaux before transfer to 20hl barrels, where it is aged on fine lees for one year.

Intense, sunny yellow in colour, the nose recalls ripe exotic fruit and roasted nuts, the multi-layered palate is complex with beautifully balanced richness and outstanding length. Cellar life is 15 plus years and the wine is great with rich seafood dishes, white meats such as rabbit, pork and chicken and mature cheese.

Sommelier’s Recommendation

Pieropan La Rocca is Italy’s answer to White Burgundy at a much better price than those hefty Burgs. Due to the Chalky soil in La Rocca vineyard, the Garganega retains beautifully crisp acidity that can handle a year in  very large oak barrels. Rarely do we find Oak Aged Soave but at the Master Pieropan Family, this is their defining wine that has been their pride since 1978. Gorgeous to enjoy after a short decant when less than 5 years old, but this wine can cellar for many years and develop more complex honeyed and nutty notes.

Winery  Backstory 

At the heart of the  Soave Classico zone is the Pieropan property, which dates back to 1890. Leonildo ‘Nino’ Pieropan, who sadly passed away in 2018, was the first to show the world just how great Soave, and Italian white wine, can be. He recognised the importance of terroir early on, acquiring various hillside vineyards and expanding the prestigious Calvarino and La Rocca vineyards, first made as single vineyard crus in 1971 and 1978 respectively.

Today, sons Dario (winemaker) and Andrea (viticulturist) continue the family tradition. The brothers have converted all of their vineyards to organic and are overseeing the new winery being built amongst the vineyards just outside the village.

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