I’m a huge fan of the wines produced in Soave and the wide range of styles available. From the more simply flavoured offerings right through to the incredibly complex and concentrated examples. I’ve selected a wonderful Soave Classico as my WOTW as it’s a firm personal favourite, from a top-quality award-winning producer, making some of the region’s most engaging and expressive wines.
Winemaker and the man at the helm of the estate, Graziano Prà, is highly regarded as one of the driving forces behind the recent rejuvenation of this once much vaunted Italian region. His drive and passion for producing the very best wines possible has shown others just how good the wines can be. As a result of much hard work things really are looking up for Soave and our palates will be all the happier for it.
At the estate, where they own and work 20 hectares of highly prized vineyards dotted around the region, they produce a series of wines that are Garganega focussed. They cover a wide range of styles, showing just how versatile the wines from this wonderful part of north eastern Italy can be. Garganega has the ability to deliver wines that are described as steely fresh right through to those that develop richness and texture from time in barrel. I’ve selected a wine that sits in between these two points and it is one of the most engaging wines I’ve tasted.
There is no use of oak in the production of Soave Classico Staforte Prà 2010. It is produced reductively and rests with its lees for 8 months to develop texture on the palate and enrich the aromatics. A perfectly balanced white with aromas that remind of a mixture of tropical fruits with undertones of herby savoury nuances. The palate starts with a hit of stone fruit and as the nose promised you’ll again get that lovely herby savoury character coming through. After the delicate yet intense approach you are led through a mineral core and onto a long refreshing finish. I really love this wine and although I can’t enjoy a bottle as often as I’d like, due to obvious restraints on my wallet, I really recommend you give it a go. It is an exceptional partner for a seafood risotto. As a bonus it’ll age nicely in bottle over the next couple of years as well.