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ASDA Extra Special Soave Classico

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This nutty, white wine is from Italy’s Veneto region. Soave is renowned for its delicate smoothness and freshness and it is made primarily with Garganega grapes forming a minimum of 70% of the blend.

There are two Soave classifications – Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). The DOC region, larger and flatter in terrain, is known for producing usually unoaked Soave, notable for its dry, zingy palate with hints of citrus and almond.

The more prestigious DOCG classification usually has a lower yield which produces a higher quality wine. DOCG Soave exhibits increased concentration, a slightly higher alcohol content and usually involves oak-aging. The longer aging process helps produce a greater richness.

Asda’s Extra Special Soave Classico DOCG has received recognition, with Bronze at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2022, and the International Wine Challenge (IWC) Bronze Medal in 2023. However, it remains relatively underappreciated on Vivino, scoring a modest average rating of 3.6.

This DOCG Soave isn’t overly oaked and retains a freshness and smoothness. Containing 12.5% alcohol by volume, it’s great whether enjoyed on its own or paired with food. Its fresh, smooth character makes it a suitable partner to creamy pasta dishes, light salads and various seafood.

Providing excellent value, this Soave retails for around £6.00 to £7.50 at Asda. It’s also often found on offer at 25% off, making it very affordable. It’s also suitable for vegetarians.