To quote Decanter magazine, "there is Soave, and then there is Soave La Rocca, Pieropan's pioneering single vineyard bottling made from 100% Garganega". And this comes from the article highlighting 'Italy's 50 Greatest Ever Wines'. So if you think we have gone mad by asking £20+ for a Soave, just to let you know we haven't. This has nothing to do with the usually quite dire offerings from the region. There are thankfully a few star producers though who are not fuelling the £2.99 bargain bins. Pra, Inama, Anselmi and Pieropan spring straight to mind. The La Rocca is a world class, characterful wine. Not something most people would associate with Soave. The grapes, Garganega instead of the dull Trebbiano, are late harvested and the great care taken in the vineyard and the winery shines through on this wine. It is a complex wine with a herbal nose and is very lifted yet subtle. The lemony fruit on the palate mix beautifully with notes of nut, herb. Although elegant this is a rich, dry white and the length of flavour is superb. If you want to see how good Soave can be then this is the place to start.
SC Rating - Outstanding