Ponte Pietra Trebbiano/Garganega 2008
This Trebbiano/Garganega is very fresh on the nose, with lightly floral notes, especially the characteristic almond blossom perfumes found in the best whites from this area. It has soft, fresh apple fruit on the palate, with a clean, zesty finish.
These wines are made by Matt Thomson at the Cantina di Monteforte with fruit that is declassified from Soave DOC status. Monteforte director, Gaetano Tobin, known as Tano, is a great believer in using solely Garganega in his Soave, so the Trebbiano that his growers have is given IGT status.
The fruit for this wine is grown on the slopes of vineyards situated next to the Soave zone in the Val d’Alpone. The vineyards have excellent south east exposure, with soils of volcanic origin.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and crushed and pumped to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was chilled immediately and naturally settled. Cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place around 14°C in order to retain freshness and fruit flavours. The wine was bottled young to preserve fresh fruit character.