The southeast facing vineyards are situated in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 240 metres above sea level. Soils mostly consist of chalk and clay. The older vines are trained using the Pergola Trentina, with 3,000 vines per hectare whereas the younger ones are Guyot trained, with 5,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is 31 years.
2013 started with a very rainy and snowy winter, with temperatures above the seasonal average. The mild conditions continued throughout spring, and the grapes enjoyed gradual ripening. The months of July and August saw high temperatures and an excellent diurnal temperature range, ideal for ripening. The conditions during harvest in September and October were mostly good, despite being interspersed with days of heavy rain.
After picking, the grapes were dried naturally for four to five months at the 'Terre di Fumane' - a temperature and humidity controlled drying centre. During the drying period, 50% of the original weight of the grapes was lost. Vinification began with the de-stalking and soft pressing of the grapes which were then fermented at up to 22ºC. Maceration lasted for 19 days with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 225 litre French oak barriques, where it remained for 14 months until bottling. It matured for a further 10 months in bottle before release.
The nose is bursting with fruit, followed by fresh floral notes and pepper. After prolonged ageing, the wine offers more evolved nuances of fruit preserved in alcohol and aromatic herbs. The sweetness is balanced by acidity and tannins, creating an approachable wine of great finesse. The wine is named after the founder, Giovanni Allegrini, who elected this as his preferred wine.
Awarded a Platinum Medal and 97 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
For over 155 years, the Morris family have earned their position as one of the most prominent winemaking families in Australia, with their name being synonymous with ‘Liqueur Muscat’ for many years. Today, David Morris, the fifth generation of the family to run the winery, ensures the Morris name remains one of Australia’s most respected.
Located in the Rutherglen region of North-East Victoria, the Morris of Rutherglen have 80 hectares of easterly facing vineyards which are planted on red loam over red/yellow poldzotic clay soils. The red loam helps produce red wines with greater flavour and richness. The vineyards gently slope, with the earlier budburst varieties being planted on the higher slopes and the later budburst varieties on the lower slopes (175m in altitude). The vines are grown on a single wire trellis 900mm high and are hand-pruned using the rod and spur method, whilst only being reliant on natural rainfall. This produces lower-cropping vines that offer fruit of high sugar levels and concentrated flavours.
95% Muscat à Petit Grains. Grapes were selected for harvesting between 15 to 16 Baumé. In the winery, they were crushed and allowed to start fermentation. The fruit had considerable hang time on the vine allowing for high sugar levels and intense flavours to develop. Once the desired baume level was reached, pressing occurred, and a high strength neutral spirit was added to arrest fermentation, before being transferred into casks for maturation. Only the best wines from the best vintages were chosen to blend the Old Premium Rare Muscat; a true art of balancing very old and much younger material.
The older vines impart intense, concentrated and luscious flavours with aged complexity to this wine. These are complimented by fresh fruit characters from the younger wines. In the glass, the wine is a dark olive brown with a green tinge on the rim. An intense bouquet of raisin fruit and soft woody characters delight the nose. The palate shows great depth, length and complexity with rich and luscious flavours of sweet spices, dried raisins and Christmas pudding.