Valpantena, Torre del Falasco, Amarone 2016 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Corvina | Rondinella/Corvinone
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: ITVE0528B16S
Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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The Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of this co-operative, situated in the Valpantena, northeast of Verona. Known as the ’valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, this area is well-known for its high quality red wines, due partly to the soils but also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites. Run by Luca Degani since 1995, the Cantina di Valpantena is now one of Italy’s best co-operatives, with 700 hectares of vineyard producing excellent quality fruit. Matt Thomson makes some of the Alpha Zeta wines here and has worked closely with them since 1999.
The grapes for this Amarone are grown on flatter sites around the Verona hills, at altitudes between 100-350 metres above sea level. The soils here are chalky and poor, and the vines are planted using the traditional Guyot training system.
Once picked, the grapes were dried for at least four months in the Valpantena drying centre where temperature and humidity were controlled to ensure slow, even drying. During this period, the grapes lost 40% of their original weight. After drying, the grapes were crushed and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks at 18-22°C with maceration lasting for 20 days. Once fermentation was complete, the wine matured in oak barrels for two years before bottling.
85% Corvina , 15% Rondinella/Corvinone.
Deep ruby in colour, this wine has aromas of ripe plums, spice and cocoa, which give way to a solid tannin structure that supports the concentrated, dried-cherry fruit character. It is long and silky on the finish, with a bitter cherry-chocolate twist characteristic of good Amarone.