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13.50% | ITALY

The nose has aromas of peach and citrus fruit, laced with honey and savoury notes. The palate is rich and generous with stone fruit and a nutty almond creaminess and...
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The nose has aromas of peach and citrus fruit, laced with honey and savoury notes. The palate is rich and generous with stone fruit and a nutty almond creaminess and further savoury notes. Good acidity lends a fine, balanced complexity to a citrus finish. Delicious now, but will also develop over 5+ years bottle ageing.

This 20 hectare estate in the commune of Monteforte D'Alpone in the very heart of the Soave Classico district is run by Graziano Pra. Universally regarded as one of a handful of world-class producers in Soave who have revitalised the region, Pra produce 5 wines based on Garganega, covering a wide spectrum of styles and flavours. The most celebrated is the opulent Monte Grande, awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' 5 years in a row. Arguably the intense, incisive, unoaked 'Staforte' takes the range to new heights but for us the most impressive achievement is the delicious 'basic' Soave Classico, described in the 2007 Gambero Rosso guide as 'an absolutely magnificent wine of which every wine enthusiast should have a few bottles tucked away'. In 2006 Graziano produced his first red wine from the Morandina vineyard in eastern Valpolicella, in the foothills of Monte Lessini. The Valpolicella was soon followed by an Amarone. The vineyard, 450 m above seal level, had never previously been cultivated - and is not treated with any chemicals.

The grapes are sourced from 'Monte Grande', a low yielding, south-facing vineyard plot on this 14 hectare estate managed by viticulturalist Sergio Pra, situated near the town of Monteforte d'Alpone in the Classico sub-zone. The vineyard is at 150 metres above sea level and the soil type is volcanic. The 35 year old vines are trained in the Pergola Veronese system. Vine density is 3,500 vines per hectare and the average annual yield is 90 quintals per hectare. The grapes are harvested in mid October.

Selected bunches of grapes are softly pressed and fermented at a controlled temperature of around 18 degrees centigrade. The must is fermented in 15-20hl oak casks.

Good with a goats cheese, basil and roasted red pepper salad; asparagus or fish such as turbot sprinkled with lemon juice and olive oil. Try too with stir-fried Cantonese dishes featuring fresh vegetables and/or tiger prawns.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Garganega
Country
Italy
Region
Veneto
Vintage
2011
ABV %
13.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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