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Alpha Zeta `G` Garganega

Veneto

Alpha Zeta

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.

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Vineyards

Garganega is the grape that gives Soave its character. 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.  

Vintage information

Plenty of rain and snow over the winter allowed for the underground water reserves to be replenished before the growing season of 2013. Some persistent late winter weather slightly delayed the start of the growing season and Spring 2013 saw high rainfall and relatively low temperatures.  In fact, the rainfall recorded up to the end of May was equal to that of the whole of 2012 (over 600mm). Only in mid to late July did the wet weather end, replaced by a heat wave.  This had very positive effects on grape maturation ready for harvest in mid September. 

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and chilled on the way to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was naturally settled and after racking, cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place at 12-14°C. These relatively low fermentation temperatures help preserve the fresh fruit character of the grapes. 20% of the must was fermented in large format oak to add another layer of complexity. The wine was then held in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks until bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright, pale lemon in colour with a fresh, aromatic nose with perfumes of almond blossom and a touch of acacia. On the palate, the Garganega is lively and crisp, with a delicate honey and almond character and a clean, zesty finish with a twist of lime.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Garganega
Region Veneto
Winemaker Matt Thomson
Consultant Winemaker Luca Degani
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 4g/l
Wine pH 3.35