Alpha Zeta Pinot Grigio 2016

£8.99


TASTING NOTE

Pale lemon in the glass. Lively and fresh aromas of crisp pear are accompanied by subtle notes of bread. A juicy palate with fresh acidity and a citrus twist on the finish.

The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Alpone Valley in eastern Soave where the soils are granite. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. The longer, cooler growing season enables the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity, producing elegant wines.

2014 was one of the trickiest vintages seen since 1984. It was a mild and wet winter followed by a wet summer so expertise was required in the vineyard to maintain healthy grapes. Nevertheless, wines from around Verona look good and are more aromatic than last year and lighter in body than previous vintages. In general, the whites have a higher acidity than seen in recent years so need a bit more time on their lees to fatten out.

The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and chilled on the way to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was chilled immediately and naturally settled. Cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place at 12-14°C in order to retain fruit flavours.


12.5% abv

Alpha Zeta Pinot Grigio 2016
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