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.
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. Spring 2013 saw a 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 cease to make way for a heat wave, which arrived thanks to the African anticyclone, with very positive effects on grape maturation ready for harvest in mid September.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and crushed and pumped to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was chilled immediately and naturally settled. Cultured yeasts were added to initiate fermentation, which took place at low temperatures (12°C -14°C) in order to retain fruit flavours. The wine remained in tank until bottling to maximise freshness.
A pale lemon coloured wine, with clean, bright aromas of almond blossom. With fresh acidity, the palate is ripe and concentrated, full of apple and pear flavours. The finish is lively and crisp.
|Consultant Winemaker||Matt Thomson|
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