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Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2017, Tenuta Lena di Mezzo, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 14% vol, 75cl

Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2017, Tenuta Lena di Mezzo, Az. Agr. Monte del Frá, 14% vol, 75cl

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SKU : IR28

£18.36

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.

 

 

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