Corte Mainente, Soave, Vigna Cengelle, 2022
"Full bottle just 1,183 g. 90% Garganega grown in conversion-to-organic viticulture. Firm, confident nose. Cool and fresh with finesse. I don't see the almonds I sometimes see in Soave but I do see really refreshing citrus character.... Read More
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We have chosen a winner to work with in Soave with young Davide Mainente.
His family own 12 hectares of vines, both near the town (the Cengelle vineyard) and in the Classico hillside sites such as Pigno and Tenda.
His wines are winning rave reviews in Italy and here (Jancis Robinson described his 2017 Cengelle on jancisrobinson.com as "Chock-full of...Discover More
Garganega is a white grape variety grown widely in the Veneto region of North East Italy where it is most famous for the production of Soave.
Though it can be inoffensively neutral, it has a distinct pea-pod character, and can deliver considerable weight and character.Discover More
We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!
Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.
She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...Discover More
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Corte Mainente, Soave, Vigna Cengelle, 2022
"Full bottle just 1,183 g. 90% Garganega grown in conversion-to-organic viticulture.
Firm, confident nose. Cool and fresh with finesse. I don't see the almonds I sometimes see in Soave but I do see really refreshing citrus character. Very well made. GV, 16.5/20, Drink 2023-2024", Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, November 2023
From 90% Garganega (with 10% Trebbiano di Soave) on calcareous soils near the cellar, Cengelle is brilliant this vintage: a hot, dry summer and a couple of days of skin contact have lent it extra concentration and texture. With a glint of green in the glass, and a burst of ripe citrus perfume, it’s limpidly fresh, redolent of greengages and lime. Floral and exuberantly fruity, this offers a ripe and friendly glass, lovely to drink on its own or with a wide range of light dishes. Now-2025
In 2019 we found a winner to work with in Soave in the shape of young Davide Mainente. His family own 12 hectares of vines, both near the town (the Cengelle vineyard) and in the Classico hillside sites such as Pigno and Tenda. His wines are winning rave reviews in Italy and here from the UK press and our customers alike. Thanks to his wish to build his sales in this country with us, they remain extremely good value.
Soave, based on the Garganega grape grown in vineyards east of Verona, is hugely under-rated here. It's one of those wines (like Muscadet) that the supermarket buyers murdered twenty years ago, pushing the co-ops to produce so much volume from the pergola-trained (and irrigated) vines that the end result became mean and watery, albeit cheap. But true Soave, from top growers such Pieropan, Anselmi and Inama is such a delight - and Davide at Corte Mainente is challenging these luminaries.
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