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Inama (Italy) Soave Classico Superiore 2001
This is an ultra-traditional, yet at the same time ultra-modern wine from father and son team, and masestros of Soave, Guiseppe and Stefano Inama. Made from 100% Carganega, and 20-year old vines, it is vinified in stainless steel at low temperature in order to capture the ultimate freshness and purity of the grape. Some contact with the skins gives all sorts of complex, yet very subtle nuances. The colour is pale straw, and the immediate impression on the nose is of fresh, crisp pears. There's a touch of luscious nectarine, then elderflower, straw and a gentle almond nuttiness. On the palate there is a distinctive mandarin orange note and little herbal nuances of sage and dry, straw-like flavour. Again, a gentle nuttiness adds subtle complexity with good acidity extending the pure, long finish. A lightly-styled, elegant wine for sipping on its own, or with simple fish dishes.
Sainsbury, 7.99, in 150 stores.