Ponte Pietra, Trebbiano/Garganega
Fish n chips - that’s what we ate as we drank this wine. Perfect combo. Well priced wine from a grape grown in Verona, Italy, that isn’t so common to everyone.
Almond blossom and green apple aromas develop into a lively wine with subtle marzipan and honey.
- Product Code:PP101A17
- Grape Varieties:55% Trebbiano di Soave , 45% Garganega
The Garganega grapes for this wine were grown on the hillside 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 hillside sites give the fruit great concentration. The Trebbiano is all Trebbiano di Soave from spalliera-trained vineyards, producing grapes with a lovely aromatic depth.
2017 can be characterised by cold winter weather with abundant rainfall. At the end of April, there was a period of frost. For this reason, budburst in the valley did not begin until the beginning of May, although on hillside vineyards it began sooner. Sunny weather allowed for normal vegetative growth over the summer months. It was a difficult year due to the combination of frost and then drought, but nevertheless grapes were harvested healthy and of good quality.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and crushed then pumped to the press without the addition of sulphur. The juice was chilled immediately and naturally settled. Cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place at around 14°C in order to retain freshness and fruit flavours. The wine was bottled young to preserve fresh fruit character.
These wines are made by Matt Thomson at the Cantina di Monteforte. Verona's 'Ponte Pietra' (stone bridge) dates back to Roman times, although vines have been planted on the hills outside of Verona for much longer than this bridge has spanned the Adige River.