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  • Valpolicella 2017, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    Valpolicella 2017, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    IR15

    All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.


    Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.


    The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.


    65% Corvina/Corvinone, 30% Rondinella & 5% Molinara.


    The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.

     

    Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.

     

    Half Bottle

    £10.38

  • “V” Valpolicella “Alpha Zeta” 2017/18, Verona, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    “V” Valpolicella “Alpha Zeta” 2017/18, Verona, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR05

    90% Corvina/Corvinone 10% Rondinella.

     

    The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.

     

    The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose built for fermenting red wine. The must was left in contact with the skins for seven days, then fermentation took place at up to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tank in which the wine was held until bottling.

     

    A lively, youthful ruby wine with fresh cherry aromas that develop into a rich cherry pie character in the mouth. Body comes from soft, supple tannins that match the concentrated fruit through to the characterful finish.

     

    £11.16

  • Bardolino 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Bardolino 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR51

    The vineyards are located at Sommacampagna, a commune situated to the south-east of Lake Garda.

     

    65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese.

     

    Gentle crushing and destemming, and a brief cold maceration of the grapes prior to fermentation. This is followed by a long, delicate fermentation (with skin contact) in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.

     

    Brilliant ruby red in appearance, the nose is delicately fruity and fragrant, with notes of cherries, strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants as well as hints of spices – cinnamon, cloves, black pepper. The palate is dry and rounded, with crunchy red fruits lightly spicy, with a well-balanced, fresh and easy-drinking style.

     

     

     

    £12.12

  • Valpolicella Classico 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Classico 2017, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    IR21

    Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza in the hills to the east of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona. Founded in 1958 the winery owns over 140 hectares of vineyards.

     

    80% Corvina veronese e Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.

     

    Lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 17.8 hectares that lies in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is 250 – 400 metres above sea level.

     

    Gentle crushing and destemming, followed by temperature-controlled fermentation in  stainless steel vats with daily punching down of the cap of skins into the must so as to allow for the delicate extraction of colour and tannins.

     

    Bright ruby red in the glass, the nose is of cherries and spice. Ripe and juicy palate with red fruits and hints of pepper –  extremely elegant and well balanced.

     

     

    £12.90

  • Valpolicella 2017, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella 2017, Allegrini, Fumane, Verona, 13% vol, 75cl

    IR09

    All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.


    Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.


    The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.


    65% Corvina/Corvinone, 30% Rondinella & 5% Molinara.


    The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.

     

    Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.

    £14.94

  • Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2016, Tenuta Lena di Mezzo, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 14% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2016, Tenuta Lena di Mezzo, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 14% vol, 75cl

    IR28

    Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza in the hills to the east of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona. Founded in 1958 the winery owns over 140 hectares of vineyards.

     

    80% Corvina Veronese &  Corvinone & 20% Rondinella.

     

    Lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 17.8 hectares that lies in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is 250 – 350 metres above sea level.

     

    The grapes are picked around the first ten days of October and are left to dry in crates. Gentle crushing and destemming, followed by temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats with daily punching down of the cap of skins allows for the delicate extraction of colour and tannins. After the first fermentation is completed, the skins of the grapes that have been pressed to make Amarone are added towards the end of winter, setting off a second, slow fermentation.

     

    Following this second fermentation and the malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is put into 30-hecto litre (3,000 litre) French oak casks for at least 18 months before bottling.

     

    Deep ruby red in colour, the nose is of cherries, plums, liquorice, pepper and cinnamon. The palate is dry and full with good fruit and well balanced with soft tannins. A powerful but elegant wine.

     

     

    £17.10

  • Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 “La Groletta”, Corte Giara, by Allegrini, Verona, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 “La Groletta”, Corte Giara, by Allegrini, Verona, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR16

    Corte Giara is the negociant label of Allegrini. The wines are made by Allegrini from fruit bought in from outside their own vineyards. Since 2008, they have been renting an estate called Tenuta di Naiano, which is situated east of Verona close to Lake Garda. This gives them the same control over the vineyards as they have with the Allegrini wines.

     

    The vineyards are situated in the hilly areas of the Valpolicella DOC, at an altitude of 180-250 metres above sea level. The vineyards face south east and are based on chalky and clay soils.

     

    This wine was made using a traditional Veronese practice known as “ripasso”. The grapes were destalked and crushed before being fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for nine days with daily pumping over. Second fermentation was on the pomace from amarone in February. This re-fermentation gives the wine more body and depth. It was then matured on yeast lees for 11 months in large Slovenian oak barrels prior to bottling where it remained for two months before release.

    Deep ruby red colour with good concentration. Plump red fruit combines well with sweet spices, giving way to delicately spiced herbs. Full and satisfying, with excellent structure and vibrant acidity that create a harmonious balance for a wine that is both smooth and vivacious on the palate.

    £17.40

  • “Palazzo della Torre” 2015, Ripasso, Allegrini, Fumane, IGT Veronese, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Palazzo della Torre” 2015, Ripasso, Allegrini, Fumane, IGT Veronese, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR07

    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.

     

    Palazzo della Torre covers 26 hectares of east-facing vineyard planted between 1962 and 2013, situated 240 metres above sea level. Allegrini purchased this vineyard in 1978. Soils are cretaceous and calcareous.

     

    70% Corvina/Corvinone, 25% Rondinella & 5% Sangiovese.

     

    Allegrini use the modern version of the traditional “ripasso” technique for Palazzo della Torre, drying a proportion of the grapes in the ‘Terre di Fumane’ drying centre, to intensify the character of this vineyard. The grapes to be dried were hand picked at the beginning of September, whereas those to be vinified immediately were picked at the end of the month. 70% of the grapes picked were vinified immediately and 30% were left to dry until the second half of December when they were vinified and then refermented with the wine from the fresh grapes. The wine spent 15 months in second-use barriques, was blended together for two months, then aged for a further seven months in bottle.

     

    Ruby red in colour, this wine has enticing aromas of cherry with dark chocolate notes. In texture, it is velvety, well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine has the potential to age for at least 10 years.

    £21.96

  • Pinot Nero 2015, Franz Haas, Alto Adige, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Pinot Nero 2015, Franz Haas, Alto Adige, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    IR49

    Founded in 1880, the Franz Haas winery is a family-owned property that has passed from father to first-born son, Franz Haas. Today, Franz Haas is the seventh generation to grow grapes on this beautiful estate, nestled at the foothills of the Alps. He continues to focus on the grape varieties which best express the wonderful character, varied microclimates and unique terroir of the Alto Adige.

     

    Grapes for the Pinot Nero are grown on the slopes of Pinzano and Gleno in the Montagna area and in Mazzon in the municipality of Egna. The three different vineyard sites are all south-west facing and range from 350-1,150m in altitude. Soils are extremely varied within a tiny area, ranging from clay in one vineyard to sand, limestone or gravel in a neighbouring one. Density of planting is between 8,000-12,500 vines per hectare.

     

    2015 was one of the hottest and driest vintages in recent years. Little rainfall combined with high temperatures meant yields were lower than previous years. Yet the grapes were clean and healthy resulting in a wine of good fruit purity and quality.

     

    Fermentation took place in open top vats with a long maceration and frequent punching down of the cap and many pump overs. This enabled the right extraction of colour and fragrance from the skins. Ageing took place in a mixture of small oak barriques and medium sized ‘botti’ for over a year prior to bottling, followed by five to ten months in bottle before release.

     

    The wine is ruby red in colour and the bouquet opens with notes of black cherries and raspberries, marzipan and plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, ending finally with some light earthy aromas. Fresh and lively on the palate, the wine is bolstered by elegant tannins which make it balanced and rounded.

     

    £27.90