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Alpha Zeta `R` Rosato

Valpolicella, 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

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, moderating the climate and 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 which helps 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. Persistent late winter weather delayed the start of the growing season and Spring 2013 saw very high rainfall and relatively low temperatures.  Only in mid to late July did the wet weather cease to make way for a heat wave. This had very positive effects on grape maturation in the lead up to harvest in mid September. 

Vinification

This wine was made from juice drained from the skins before fermentation. After macerating on the skins for about 18 hours, the must was fermented at a relatively low temperature (14-15°C) in order to retain the delicate cherry perfumes of Corvina. The wine was held in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks until bottling to maximise freshness.

Tasting Notes

Pale pink in colour with a hint of red. Attractive strawberry and sweet cherry aromas are complemented by subtle floral notes. Dry on the palate, the wine has a vibrant red fruit character and fragrant finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Corvina/Corvinone
Region Valpolicella, Veneto
Winemaker Matt Thomson
Alcohol (ABV) 12%