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Pieropan `Calvarino` Soave Classico

Soave Classico, Veneto

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Pieropan’s estate covers 35 hectares of vineyard 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 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 running the estate. In 1999, the Pieropan family bought a property in the Valpolicella production area and planted eight hectares with vines.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage information

Extreme weather conditions caused a dramatic reduction in yields in Soave, with producers losing 20-30% of production and on some of the hillside vineyards, up to 50%.  September was scattered with showers which interrupted harvest several times. Harvest began around mid September with the Trebbiano di Soave, while picking of the thicker-skinned and more resilient Garganega began in late September and lasted through to the end of October. Andrea said “2012 was a difficult vintage in terms of weather and final quantity of juice obtained. In terms of quality it could be considered an average vintage. Those who have worked well in the vineyards and have good sites will get better results, particularly those who worked to pick healthy grapes, which I consider a really important aspect for the ageing of the wines.”

Vinification

The grapes were pressed and then fermented at a controlled temperature of 19°C. The Calvarino was not aged in oak but remained in glass-lined cement tanks until bottling. It remained in bottle at least two months before release.

Tasting Notes

Light gold in colour. Floral perfumes dominate the nose with notes of apricot kernel and a hint of marzipan. The typically elegant structure of this wine is balanced and full, mineral notes combine with ripe apple and peach. Classic layers of almond blossom and acacia honey come through on the finish which is long and intense.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 70% Garganega
30% Trebbiano di Soave
Region Soave Classico, Veneto
Winemaker Dario Pieropan
Consultant Winemaker Nino Pieropan
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.55g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.14