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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > ITALY: North-East Whites, including Soave

Winner Details

Italy: North-East - White, including Soave

2018 Gold 1        Silver 4                Bronze 5              Commended 4
2017 Gold 5        Silver 5                Bronze 4              Commended 11

The medal count was always likely to be down here compared with last year’s extraordinary showing, but it was still disappointing to have the lowest number of Gold-Listed wines for five years. This, though, was not an across-the-board poor performance. Soave did what it always does: one Gold, a string of decent medals and generally happy tasters; the problem was, essentially, everywhere else. A much reduced entry was eloquent proof of the Frost-ocalypse that this part of the country suffered last year. We had only one 2017 vintage medal here this year.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Soave is a victim of its image. But we found some serious wines here – some taking Burgundy as their model, others like Riesling. There was freshness of fruit, acidity, no overoaking, and balance. Very satisfying.’ Simon Woods, team leader

‘There’s definitely value to be had in Soave – and a bit of character. As you go up the prices, there’s more secondary flavours, lees, oak touches giving it more structure. The wines at the top end show value for money compared to overpriced Burgundies.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘The cheaper [non-Soave] wines were more interesting. They got worse value once we got to £8 – they didn’t justify the price.’ Hamish Anderson, Tate Catering

‘Our Gold Soave had depth, complexity and serious food-matching capability. Perhaps Garganega could do for its region what Albariño has done for Galicia.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘There’s a big market for clean and refreshing white wines. I’ve got a Pinot Grigio that’s fairly premium, but it’s often not what customers are expecting – you’ve got to be careful not to go too far.’ Euan McColm, Beaverbrook

Award winners

Found 14 wines

Italy: North-East - White, including Soave

Pieropan, La Rocca, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

Elevated to Gold amidst praise from our judges, this Soave had ‘stone fruit and fresh tobacco leaf aromas with rich lees notes on the nose’, began Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, ‘with a herbal, balsamic character too, and elegant on the finish’. Four Degree’s Jonathan Kleeman liked its ‘rich, rounded and luscious style, oak flavours coming through but not dominating, and fruit that’s ripe but still fresh and zippy’.

£19.04 Liberty Wines

Prà, Monte Grande, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Simon Woods was happy with the ‘generous, peachy fruit combined with crisper herby and stony notes’, finding it ‘long, elegant and ageworthy’, and Four Degree’s Jonathan Kleeman liked its ‘intense, direct style with lots of citrus and underripe fruit’.

£13.72 Boutinot

Bertani, Vintage Edition, Soave 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

This less-than-typical style showed ‘intense, punchy mineral notes and almost Riesling-like pungency’, according to team leader Simon Woods, who found it ‘good and grippy, but with a soft lychee finish’. Davide Dall’Amico of Royal Automobile Club felt the ‘fruit has slightly oxidative notes, with herbal flavours and a long finish’.

£14.14 Enotria&Coe

Suavia, Monte Carbonare, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Characterful flavours here, with Jonathan Kleeman of Four Degree enjoying its ‘spicy, aromatic nose and tones of mallow and bergamot in the mouth, fresh spring flowers on a clean finish’. ‘Great fruit, seltzer edges and good fresh fruit,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£13.80 Bibendum

Sartori, Marani, Bianco Veronese 2015, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson enjoyed this wine’s ‘pretty, floral, aromatic nose, leading to a textural, characterful palate showing almonds, citrus and lemon, with a creamy texture cut by nice hints of acid’, and rated it ‘very good’. ‘Lemon zest and citrus peel, nice tangy palate, refreshing and moreish,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£8.99 Enotria&Coe

Villa Mattielli, Campolungo, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Intense, with notes of pine and lovely herbal freshness, grip and finesse on the palate,’ began team leader Simon Woods, picking up ‘slightly salty notes on a long, intriguing finish’, while Royal Automobile Club’s Davide Dall’Amico found ‘camomile and elderflower aromas, some peach and citrus coming through with a slight note of bitterness on the palate’.

£10.71 Top Selection Ltd

Suavia, Massifitti, Bianco Veronese 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin found a ‘nutty nose with lifted lemon sherbet and curd aromas, very bright and clean on the palate’, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson felt its ‘simple, neutral nose and creamy texture with pears, spice and good weight are attractive and food-oriented, good for roast chicken’.

£13.89 Bibendum

Pieropan, Calvarino, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A ‘deep, pungent and punchy’ style for team leader Simon Woods, who enjoyed its ‘good intense, heady and vibrant character, juicy and young, with a slight leesy richness, but fascinating’. ‘Peachy, biscuity and toasty,’ added Royal Automobile Club’s Davide Dall’Amico.

£14.59 Liberty Wines

Riondo, Lunardi, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2017, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair found ‘green apple, and a light and fresh character with a lemony hint’, with Hakkasan Hanway Place’s Gabriel Liotta thinking it ‘ripe and aromatic, with stone fruit notes’, while Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn described it as ‘fresh and vibrant’ and, crucially, ‘value for money’.

£5.40 Forth Wines, Moreno Wines

Monte Tondo, Corte del Sole, Soave 2016, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

This was ‘precise and complex for an entry-level style’, said Royal Automobile Club’s Davide Dall’Amico, who liked its ‘tree fruit, peach and camomile white flower notes, nice mineral elements, quite long flavour and almond notes coming through on the finish’.

£7.81 Jascots Wine Merchants

Prà, Staforte, Soave Classico 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.72 Boutinot

Alpha Zeta, Single Vineyard, Terrapieno, Pinot Grigio 2017, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.80 Liberty Wines

Suavia, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.07 Bibendum

Ca' Rugate, Monte Fiorentine, Soave Classico 2016, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

 

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