In 1999, The Pieropan family bought uncultivated land on the hill of Garzon, which is 400 meters above sea level in Cellore Illasi in. The Illasi valley is to the west of Soave, and has long been known for the quality of its Valpolicella. Pieropan planted vines in 2000. The vineyard is south-facing with good exposure that ensures excellent ripening of the Valpolicella varieties (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Croatina). The limestone and clay soil and the windy and dry micro-climate are all ideal conditions for the production of rich yet fine and elegant wines. The vines are trained using the guyot system, with 5,800 vines per hectare. The vineyard is certified organic.
2017 began with a warm spring, but with a sudden return of cold at the end of April. In May temperatures started to rise, followed by dryness. From June, irrigations were necessary to allow the vine phenological phases, such as the fruit set. Summer was warm and it rained very little until late August. Overall, 2017 summer was one of the driest in the last 50 years. Harvest began in late September when the grapes reached a fair degree of ripeness. Despite the high heat, the Garganega grape preserves its freshness and manages to express a good note of salinity and flavour.
Ruberpan is made from fresh grapes rather than the traditional dried or ripasso styles. All the varieties were macerated and vinified together in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at approximately 23-24°C. Fermentation took 12 days with regular pumping over and daily punching down of the cap. No malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine aged in wood, some in barriques and some in casks, for 30 months. It then spent a further 12 months in bottle before release.
This wine is made using 65% Corvina, 30% blended Rondinella, Corvinone and Croatina Veronese, 5% Other Native Red Varietals.
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Pieropan 'Ruberpan' Valpolicella Superiore - fiche technique