Alpha Zeta G Garganega 2010
2nd June, 2011
Gently aromatic with grassy scents. The palate has a delicious medley of flavours ranging from elderflowers and apples to pithy citrus fruits. A silky smooth texture carries the well-rounded flavours to a long and satisfying finish.
The Irish Times
9th April, 2011
Plump, juicy, lightly textured pears, with a soft rounded finish. A good party wine or for sipping in the spring sunshine.
Bright, pale lemon in colour with a fresh, aromatic nose with perfumes of almond blossom and a touch of acacia. On the palate, the 2010 is lively and crisp, with a delicate honey and almond character. Clean, zesty finish with a twist of lime.
The Veneto winter was characterised by cold, wet weather which gave way to a cool, rainy spring. Conditions improved in late May with a hot, dry June with good diurnal temperature differences. Harvest was approximately a week later than 2009 and the grapes were picked in good condition with good acidity levels, better pH than 2009 and lovely aromatic qualities.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and chilled on the way to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was naturally settled and after racking, cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place at 12-14°C. These relatively low fermentation temperatures help preserve the fresh fruit character of the grapes. 20% was fermented in large format oak. The wine was held in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks until bottling.
Garganega is the grape that gives Soave its character and these grapes were grown in the hills outside Verona. Several vineyards in excellent sites where the growers had reduced the crop quite significantly to ensure the best possible quality were selected.
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