The Adalia Soave is from the legendary Marinella Camerani stable, in Italy’s Veneto. The vineyards are in the Val di Mezzane, where Valpolicella overlaps with Soave.
The wine is made with Garganega (the Soave grape), blended with Trebbiano di Soave and Chardonnay.
Adalia is Marinella’s second label. Adalia wines benefit from all of the experience and technical ability of this very important winery, but because they are planted on less favourable sites, they are lighter and fresher in style, and offer exceptional value for money.
Adalia’s Soave is a great wine for summer parties and dining al fresco. It is currently offered with a very special case price:
£15.45 – £130.00
The Adalia holdings are in the Val di Mezzane. That is to say, in the eastern part of Valpolicella, where it overlaps with Soave.
As a second label, these wines are made to be light, fruity and accessible. The winemaker achieves this by using fruit from vines on less favourable plots. Some, for example, may not have the most perfect exposition to the sun, while others grow more exposed to the wind, and so on.
These constraints point to a lower price point, a deliberate choice on the part of the winery. However, the skill and experience of the winemaker is just as important to maintain quality. This is apparent on tasting. There is a lovely structural balance in the wine, which supports delicate citrus and almond flavours.
In short, the Adalia Soave is a very good quality wine, and impressive value for money.
Notes of citrus, cooked apple and almond.
Dry and refreshing with well-balanced acidity.
Grapes 80% Garganega, 10% Trebbiano di Soave, 10% Chardonnay
Vintage 2018 (an unusually warm vintage)
Dry extract 22 g / l
Acidity 5.5 g / l
Altitude 250m asl
Training system Double pergola Trentina
Plants per ha 6500
Average yield 90 tons/ha
Harvest Manual, at end of September
Vinification Soft pressing followed by destalking
Fermentation Indigenous yeats; stainless steel
Ageing In stainless steel
Residual sugars 4 g / l
Asparagus, peas and other fresh vegetables.