Le Battistelle ‘Roccolo Del Durlo’ Soave Classico 2021
This single vineyard is situated in the Carbonare Cru, one of the most famous sites in the Classico zone. This vineyard contains so many old vines, up to 140 years old, a truly special plot. Unlike the Battistelle bottling from the Brognoligo Cru this site has a mixture of soils, heavily volcanic but a mixture of Basaltic, Iron and Tuff (soft porous rock). In fact a lot of the rocks from this site are very brittle, so easily worn down to powder form.
In terms of winemaking this is the only wine from Le Battistelle that sees skin contact. After hand picking the grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed and left for 2 days on skins in tank at cool temperatures. Then pressed off, left on fine lees in tank for 8 months with frequent battonage.
Designated as Heroic viticulture due to the huge work required to build and maintain the stone terraces on these steep slopes.
“Nuances of papaya, pineapple and crushed rocks waft up from the shy yet incredibly pretty 2020 Soave Classico Roccolo del Durlo Viticoltura Eroica. It’s silky and pleasantly sweet, with notes of peach and ripe pears accelerated by bright acidity. Its minerality comes forward through the close, along with residual acids that add a reverberation of tension. There is simply so much character packed into this zesty Soave” – 92 Points – Vinous
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