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Alpha Zeta `V` Valpolicella

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, 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. 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 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, de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose built for fermenting red wine. The must was left in contact with the skins for seven days, then fermentation took place at up to 30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tank in which the wine was held until bottling.

Tasting Notes

A lively, youthful ruby wine with fresh cherry aromas that develop into a rich cherry pie character in the mouth. Body comes from soft, supple tannins that match the concentrated fruit through to the characterful finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 90% Corvina/Corvinone
10% Rondinella
Region Valpolicella, Veneto
Winemaker Matt Thomson
Consultant Winemaker Luca Degani
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 5g/l
Wine pH 3.45