Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 when Liberty Wines set out to produce a range of modern, fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona...
Working with leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson, our aim was to work with growers (rather than buy bulk wine, which is standard among most wines from Verona at this price) to obtain ripe grapes (by reducing yields and picking later) and then, using Matt’s expertise, preserve these flavours in the finished wines. The result is a realisation of the potential inherent in Veronese viniculture.
The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.
The summer of 2012 was hot and very dry right through till the start of harvest for the early varieties. The first rain for some time occurred just as they were completing the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay harvests, which was very welcome as it breathed life in to the later varieties such as Garganega and Corvina. The rain continued to fall in sporadic bursts through to near the end of the harvest period. Selection and careful monitoring of vineyards was necessary this year as a result. Although yields are dramatically down, the quality of grapes harvested was excellent and very healthy and the wines are ripe and concentrated.
The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose built for fermenting red wine. 25% of the juice was drained from the tank in order to increase the ratio of skins to juice, which in turn resulted in a wine with greater colour and flavour. The wine was pumped over automatically every hour in the early stages to increase extraction further. The wine was left in contact with the skins for seven days, and fermentation took place at up to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in large oak, in which the wine was aged for a further six months prior to bottling. As a great deal of effort went into growing and ripening the grapes used to make this wine, the wine was not subject to severe treatments or filtration that ensure stability but strip flavour, colour and character. As a result, it may throw a light but harmless natural deposit in bottle.
A youthful wine with bright ruby red colour. Fresh aromas are of ripe cherries and red berries. The palate is balanced and juicy with a supple structure and attractive lively finish.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.