Fasoli Gino DOC Soave Borgoletto
This wine is an oak-free zone and it's made for drinking young to best appreciate its flowery bouquet and full, aromatic taste.
87 Points, The Wine Gang, 'There are Soaves at rockbottom prices and Soaves for which you need a £20 note. This all-Garganega version falls in the middle and for that alone it's useful; even better, its flavours are spot-on: gentle, refreshing, citrus and straw-like nuttiness.' May 2015 (2013 vintage)
Fasoli Gino turned to organic viticulture in 1980 and since 1984 all of their land has been farmed organically. The nature of the land (partly clay and partly a mix of stones and sand), and the favourable microclimate (the wide and sunny valley, protected from the north by the Lessini mountains) make the area particularly suitable for vine growing. Currently the estate is cultivating 14 hectares of vineyards divided into seven parts: Casétta, Cassòla, Creàri, Pessétta, Perantònie, Orgno and Sànde. The type of land varies from one vineyard to the other, which has helped determine which varietals should be planted. In the clay soil there are 30–40 year old garganega vines, traditionally used for Soave wine. Where the soil is stony and sandy, some clones of chardonnay, merlot and pinot noir have been planted. The meticulous viticultural practices include: grass grown under the vines; manuring with bovine dung; balanced pruning to guarantee a low yield; parasite control using natural products and predators, and hand picking done at different times to select grapes at their optimum ripening point. The vinification is carried out with the use of modern technology whilst respecting the criteria of organic production.