Corte Giara Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2014

£11.99

 TASTING NOTE

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.

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. The vines are trained according to the traditional pergola training system with a density of 3,000 vines per hectare. They are on average 27 years old and are pruned with 14-15 buds per vine.

2013 was one of the best harvests in recent years: the grapes enjoyed gradual slow ripening which allowed for the accumulation of polyphenolic substances in the red grapes. July and August were crucial, the high temperatures and day-night temperature variations, were very important for ideal ripening. The climate during harvesting in September and October was mostly good although there were some days of heavy rain. In the days following rainfall, particular attention was paid to careful selection of the grapes.

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.

13.8% abv

70% Corvina/Corvinone
30% Rondinella

Corte Giara Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2014
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