Cantina Di Monte Forte
Terre di Monteforte Soave Classico 2019, Cantina di Monteforte
Italy / Veneto
Andy's Tasting Notes
Nothing wishy-washy or insipid about this! Excellent value from this fresh, elegant and expressive Soave Classico. Zingy and lively with vivid crisp sweet apple and white peach flavours, overlaid with almond and citrus.
Production notes – vineyard: The vineyards are located on the volcanic soils of the town of Monteforte d’Alpone where the Garganega grape thrives. Fruit was selected from several vineyards where the yields are controlled in order to produce top-quality, smaller crops of grapes with more concentrated flavours.
Production notes – vintage and vinification: The 2019 vintage in Soave Classico began with a cold and wet winter. Temperatures in spring were below average and there were frequent rains which replenished water reserves in the soil but delayed bud burst slightly. From June onwards the weather was hot and dry and this allowed the grapes to reach optimum levels of ripeness. The yields were slightly below average, but quality, especially from the hillside sites, was excellent. The grapes were pressed gently and the must was chilled. It was then decanted and racked into stainless-steels vats where fermentation took place at temperatures of 16-18ºC to preserve the fragrance and intensity of the primary fruit aromas. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees to add extra depth and complexity.
Price per bottle £8.60
The Cantina di Monteforte co-op is situated in the eastern part of Soave Classico and Soave. They have 1,200 hectares in total, part in Soave Classico and part outside the Classico zone, with some of the best vineyards in Soave Classico. 60% of their vineyards are on the hills, facing south and southeast, which gives wines that are riper and fuller than most others produced in Soave. The co op has 600 members and harvests about 20,000 tonnes of grapes a year. Cool summer breezes blowing down the Alpone Valley from the foothills of the Dolomites to the north give warm days and cool nights, which helps with the accumulation of aromatic characters in the grapes.