with our wine correspondent Cormac Power, proprietor of The Fat Angel Restaurant, 1-2 Cathedral Square, Waterford
SOAVE has lived its life in the shadow of Pinot Grigio for far too long. Now the status of cru has been awarded to some select site of the Soave region in northern Italy. Made from the Garganega grape, Soave carries more flavour and punch than its nearest rival. Previously Soave had been categorised by either Superior or Classico but now you will see the word cru on the labels.
It is not particularly exclusive as 40% of Soave vineyard has been designated cru vineyards located mainly on the famous historic hillsides of the region. It does not supersede the Classic zones but rather adds another string to their bow. It is an attempt to distinguish some vineyards as having unique growing conditions, or terroirs, and to highlight the nuances that exist between neighbouring vineyards. Producers are required by the new ruling to show traceability throughout production for any wine bottled as a cru. Soave has always been a great region for quality value ratio but now it is recognised as a fine wine region also.
Wine of the Week:
Cantina di Monteforte, ‘Terre di Monteforte’ Soave Classico. Light, clean and bright with a lovely floral nose and notes of ripe peach and almond. The wine shows excellent depth on the palate and a lovely balance between ripe, aromatic fruit and fresh, zingy acidity.