2018 Roccolo del Durlo Le Battistelle
Wow - what a Soave! This is so far removed from the often pedestrian and flat Soaves we have tasted over the years. This comes from a single vineyard where the grapes are perched on a steep hill which is one of the most purely volcanic terroirs in the DOC. There is a wonderful bright light shining through the beautifully focused core of crisp white fruit. A lovely, energetic crunch which makes this feel so alive, so bright. The mineral push and delicate line of acidity really bring to mind the volcanic soils where this fruit is grown. There is lovely intensity and broad palate of herbs, white flowers and firm fruit - but not a shred of wasted flesh. The feel is muscular, bright and bouncy. What a super new addition this is to our range. It is time to give Soave another chance. L&S (Jan 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Gelmino and Cristina Dal Bosco's small family farm is in Brognoligo, the ultimate zone for vineyards at the heart of the Soave Classico region. The family for years sold their grapes to the local co-op but since 2002 took the decison to make their own wines and express their very specific terroir. Thank goodness they did. Their prized vineyards sit on the slopes of an ancient volcano. The steep slopes make viticulture hard work - but the vines thrive here at altitude, firmly rooted in the ancient, basalt-rich volcanic soils. The top wine 'Roccolo del Durlo' comes from such steep vineyards, which similar to the Douro are built up on ancient dry stone walls so that working here is officially certified as 'Heroic Viticulture'! This geology adds an unmistakable vein of mineral freshness to the two brilliant wines. They only grow Garganega here and the juice has a lovely weight of soft pear fruit, some melon and delicious fresh brush of citrus too - aligned with the clean, precise mineral undertone - the results are great. Finally we have found what we have been searching for. A brilliant producer of fresh, textured Soaves that you just want to drink.
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