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Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Pigno, 2019

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"Almonds and lemon on the nose, with lemon dominant currently. This fairly complex wine is still pretty youthful. Great to be reminded of proper Soave but I'd wait a few months before tackling this ideally and suspect it will grow middle-aged gracefully. Classic Italian bite and tang. Drink 2020–2023. 16+/20", Jancis Robinson, MW,, 8th May 2020

Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Tovo al Pigno, 2016

Product Code: MAI319

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Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Italy
  • Region: Veneto
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 12.5%
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Stunningly open and delicious Soave: offering a a delightful fruit-salad scent; consistent with upfront, ripe flavours of pears, fresh grapes and greengages. But a silky texture, a dry citrussy finish and great persistence indicate its pedigree too. Now-2022

This is 100% Garganega grown on red and black volcanic soils in a single vineyard in Pigno, known as one of the best terroirs in the middle of the hilly Classico zone and one of the offical crus recognised in June 2019. 

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 and Inama is such a delight – and Davide at Corte Mainente is challenging these luminaries. 

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