Soave 'Lepia', Tenuta Santa Maria
Tenuta Santa Maria’s Soave comes entirely from the Bertani family’s Lepia vineyard at the Tenuta Colognola ai Colli. This estate, once a Roman centurion’s farm, is home to a 15th century villa, as well as 6 hectares of Gaetano Bertani’s 62-year-old Garganega vines. Soils are composed of calcareous clay atop marly subsoil. The grapes see three different harvests: the first to preserve the acidity, the second for optimal ripeness, and the third to add richness and weight to the wine. Following a short pre-fermentation skin contact, the juice is vinified in stainless steel and aged on the fine lees for three months. The resulting wine shows the richness and complexity of Garganega when encouraged with low yields and high-density plantings.
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