(2019) A small proportion of Verduzzo in this blend was fermented in 600-litre French oak and that nutty creaminess comes through, with more subdued pear and a gentle grassy background. The palate has weight and structure, fine fruit sweetness and rich texture, but really fresh acidity that powers the finish.
(2018) From the Venice area, Soave is one of the great names of Italian white wine, though the quality of what is produced can be variable. This, however, is a very nice example, a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano I guess it must have seen a little lees ageing to add a gentle mealy, mineral quality to cool citrus and orchard fruits, a touch of blossom, but a clean, agile palate with beautifully defined acidity. Another favourite in this crop of wines.
(2018) The DOC of Lugana is dedicated to the Trebbiano grape, making mostly still white wines as well as some sweet and sparkling variants. This is fruity and crisp, but with a nice bit of fat lemony fruit and acidity, moving into grapefruity tones and a touch of saltiness in the finish. It's a nice blend of generous texture and fruit and racy acidity.
(2017) This is the first still wine I have tasted from Prosecco producer Sentio, and you know it is a rather good one: it's a northern Italian Pinot Grigio with a bit of weigh and substance, the clear juicy pear aroma (not pear drops, but succulent fruit) leads on to quite a full palate, a bit of lime, and the merest hint of sweetness is from ripe fruit, not sugar, and is soon swept up in matching acidity to leave it dry, moreish and very easy to drink.
(2016) From the Italian lakes comes this crisp and aromatic white, made from the local Turbiana grape. Fresh as a daisy, this is in many ways a subtle wine, yet it is also a decisive one. The nose has pretty floral and ripe, crisp apple notes, a hint of something like waxy lime or lemon rind. Is there a hint of creaminess from some barrel component? On the palate it strikes with real fruit sweetness, an intense, almost tangerine-like blend of fruit and acidity, intense and turning a touch saline to leave a mouth-watering finish despite the abundant fruity charms. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2015) Soave wines come from the Veneto region in the northeast of Italy, not far from the city of Venice. This is an example made from the typical local grape Garganega, though there may be some Trebbiano or Chardonnay in here too. It's an upmarket expression of Soave from Asda, with a little bit of oak barrel ageing adding a creamy, hazelnut and oatmeal sheen on the nose, and awonderfully juicy and fresh palate of white fruits - apples, melon and all sorts of fresh citrus. The oak ageing also adds a little extra texture too though, so it is quite creamy and has a certain richness as well as that pleasingly fresh and dry finish that all adds to its food-matching appeal. Watch the video for my full review and for specific food matching suggestions.
(2014) Bright confectionary notes, a boiled sweet, sour plum character, with a generous palate, the apple and pear fruit is bright, the candied lemon acidity is taut but not aggressive,and it finishes with some length and refinemenet.
(2014) Very youthful and pear-droppy still, with a little more richness on the palate from two months battonage. Nicely balanced, the acidity modest, but has a freshness and limpid quality. Nicely dry in the finish.
(2012) Guerrieri Rizzardi's Soave blends a little Chardonnay with the local Garganega and Trebbiano varieties, coming from hilly, volcanic soils in the Soave district. It has an appealing nose, the Chardonnay adding a layer of creamy, more obviously tropical fruit to the nose, hinting at pineapple and tarte tatin. On the palate this is fairly full, with a nice creamy texture, the much more classical and crisp apple and citrus tones coming through strongly. There's good acidity, and although this has only 12.5% alcohol, it is dry, concentrated and powerful.
(2009) Garanega and Trebbiano, hand harvested and fermented 'sur lie'. Goes through malolactic to further soften the wine. Nice fresh nose, with lemon and a touch of lime, and a little touch of nuttiness. Nice rich mouthfeel, with an immediately dry, pithy grapefruit character. The inherent sweetness and lemony zest of the fruit it there, but this has a nicely-judged, food-friendly savour and just a hint of spice in the finish.