Decanter Magazine recently ran a piece entitled ‘Spotlight on Soave’ and the big news is that the Suavia Azienda Agricola Soave DOC Monte Carbonare 2018 took out equal top spot with an incredible 96 points.
“The Tessari sisters make wines which are the magisterial expression of the high vineyards and volcanic soils of Monte Carbonare, untrammelled by oak, malolactic fermentation or selected yeast aromas. Concentrated and initially a little closed, they need time to open but they reward patience with sensations of rapier-like intensity. The 2018 has a delicately smoky, mineral nose and a bone-dry palate of great length and depth, with a classic almondy finish. Drinking Window 2021-2024.” 96 points. Decanter Magazine, July 2021.
"We always say that this wine is like a bit of earth in a glass, and it's true. In the Monte Carbonare vineyard the vines sink their roots deep down into the black earth; pure volcano. This gives the wine personality: forthright and truthful, with a sharp mineral nature. It tastes of rain on flint, on the black stones of the dry walls, and of that good fragrance that the countryside releases when dampened by the first rain." Winemaker's notes.
The wine is pale gold and crystal clear. Be sure to give it a few minutes to let it open up in the glass and on the nose you’ll find beeswax and pineapple aromas imbued with a richer leesiness. On the palate it’s clean, crisp and deliciously dry, with grapefruit, white peach and musk notes. A passing nuttiness on the back of the palate reveals pepper and flint on the finish. Why is this a good wine? The delicious combination of flavours and its masterly balance of fruit and acid.