Prà - Soave Classico "Monte Grande" (2020)
Graziano Prà is one of the great winemakers restoring the Soave to its rightful place as one of Italy's great white wine regions.
A lovely rich golden colour with pronounced burnt almonds, marzipan, stinging nettles, a herb bouquet, jasmine and stone fruits like ripe yellow peach and apricot. On the palate, the wine is medium + bodied and very textured, with lots of mineral notes.
Arguably, Prà’s best wine is the Soave Classico Monte Grande, made only with grapes grown in the Monte Grande cru, where Prà owns four hectares, and so it is a site-specific wine. The naturally low-yielding Monte Grande vineyard is located about 150 meters above sea level in the Monteforte d’Alpone area of Soave Classico - an area characterized by soils with less limestone than Soave, instead richer in basalt and volcanic elements.This contributes to Monte Grande's fulle, more powerful and mineral-rich Soaves.
Prà twists the stalks of the clusters once the grapes have reached optimal maturity in order to interrupt lymphatic flow. This procedure causes the grapes to air-dry directly on the vine, leading to richer, more concentrated juice in the grapes. It also helps confer a luscious mouthfeel to the wines (the air-drying lasts for about a month, although clearly its duration depends on vintage characteristics).