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  • Soave Classico “La Rocca” 2016, Leonildo Pieropan, Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    Soave Classico “La Rocca” 2016, Leonildo Pieropan, Veneto, 13% vol, 75cl

    IW02

    The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him running the estate.

     

    The grapes (100% Garganega) were grown in the vineyard of `La Rocca`, which takes its name from the adjacent medieval castle and fortress (“La Rocca”) that dominate the town of Soave, just east of Verona. The soil in La Rocca is unique in Soave in that it is a limestone outcrop (the same soil as in Valpolicella Classico) in a sea of basalt. Because of this soil, Pieropan feel they get sufficient ripeness in the Garganega to make a wine solely from this variety.

     

    After gentle, whole bunch pressing, there was a short period of maceration on the skins followed by fermentation at 20ºC in stainless steel tanks and 500 litre oak casks because Pieropan feels Garganega is too delicate for fermentation in barrique. 60% of the wine then remained in 500 litre oak casks and 40% aged in 2,000 litre `botti` or barrels for one year. The wine then stayed for four months in bottle before release.

     

    Golden yellow in the glass, with intense, concentrated perfumes that follow through to the palate. Classic La Rocca aromas of almond essence and honey lead to an elegant and beautifully balanced palate, with notes of vanilla and almond kernel, ripe apricots and exotic fruit. The long finish has a light minerally edge. Really quite “Burgundian” in style.

    £30.24

  • “A” Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Alpha Zeta, Verona, 15% vol, 75cl

    “A” Amarone della Valpolicella 2015, Alpha Zeta, Verona, 15% vol, 75cl

    IR33

    Selected grapes were picked in mid September and left to dry in specially ventilated rooms until the end of January. During this time the grapes lost about 40% of their natural weight. The grapes were destemmed and crushed at the end of January. Fermentation temperature was between 18°-22°C with daily periodic pumping over, while the length of maceration was 20 days. This Amarone was matured in oak (a mixture of large ‘botti’ and French oak barriques) for 18 months, lightly fined with egg-whites and then bottled.

     

    Deep and intense on the nose with perfumes of dried cherries and blueberries, with notes of spiced autumn fruit compote. On the palate it is powerful but modern, with a lovely balance of ripe tannins and spiced, concentrated savoury cherry fruit character. A touch of woodsmoke completes the long finish.

    £30.48

  • Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 Classico, Corte dei Castaldi, Fabio Poggi, Verona, 16% vol, 75cl

    Amarone della Valpolicella 2013 Classico, Corte dei Castaldi, Fabio Poggi, Verona, 16% vol, 75cl

    IR02

    Dating from 1888, the Poggi family’s wines combines traditional wooden casks with the very latest technology. Corte dei Castaldi is made with grapes from a selection of local growers, all dried in Poggi’s barns for 4 months (appassimento) and estate bottled.

     

    Made from Corvina, Rondinella & Molinara.

     

    Very dark in appearance with a nose full of dark fruits and hints of bitter chocolate. The full and rich palate has concentrated dark fruit flavours with a twist of dark chocolate and spice on the long finish.

     

     

    £32.64

  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014, Allegrini, Fumane, 15.5% vol, 75cl

    Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014, Allegrini, Fumane, 15.5% vol, 75cl

    IR23

    The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes here for six generations. All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from these vineyards. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.

     

    The family`s southeast facing vineyards are located at 180-280 metres above sea level. The soils are varied, but mostly chalky, clayey and well-drained. The older vines are 30 years old on average.

     

    The grapes were dried at `Terre di Fumane`, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity.  By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis was avoided and the integrity of the fruit preserved.  During the drying period, the grapes lost 40-45% of their original weight.  Vinification took place in the first two weeks of January.  The dried grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel between 8-22ºC.  Maceration lasted 25 days, with daily pumping over.  The wine was racked into 100% new oak barrique (225 litres) in March for 18 months.  After blending, it spent seven months in 8,700 litre oak casks, and 14 months in bottle.

    A true classic of the Valpolicella Classico area. Deep and inky in the glass, this wine has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the perfect degree of acidity and ripe tannins.

    £67.62