Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2020
Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso
Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a ruby red in colour, with a concentrated perfume of red and black cherries, with the ripasso adding a dried cherry intensity.
Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is full-bodied on the palate, with lovely balance between opulent cherry-pie character and supple structure - good length with a mouth watering bitter-cherry twist on the finish.
The Alpha Zeta wines go from strength to strength. Leading New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson is now working with two co-operatives whose vineyards cover about 1,900 hectares in the hills north-east of Verona.
With this great range of vineyards and fruit to choose from, Matt is now able to demonstrate even better the potential inherent in Veronese viticulture.
This wine is made using a traditional Veronese practice known as "ripasso".
Traditionally, the young wine was re-fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes once they had finished fermenting in March.
The new, more expensive approach is to ferment the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth.
This blend of modern and traditional winemaking produces a wine with a combination of freshness, structure and depth that is fairly rare among Ripasso wines.
Following fermentation, the wine is aged for just over a year in a mixture of large oak and small, French oak barrels prior to bottling. Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella
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, helping to moderate the climate and 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.
Alpha Zeta R Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso - Hay Wines Ltd