Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 when Liberty Wines, working with leading New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson, set out to produce a range of modern, fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona...
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 same ideas and principles were soon transferred to the production of an Alpha Zeta Extra Virgin olive oil which likewise combines Veronese traditions with more modern production, innovation and technology. As with the wines, we work with the growers to produce quality olives that are harvested and crushed immediately to obtain the best possible oil.
This olive oil is made from old olive trees grown in the Valpantena valley situated north east of Verona. The cool breezes that blow off the foothills of the Dolomites are funnelled down this valley and make it ideal for the cultivation of vines and olives. The proximity of Lake Garda ensures the viability of oil production at this, the most northerly latitude in Italy.
In Verona it was an abundant year. August and September were quite dry, so the olives were small until rain fell in the middle of October. This helped to increase the size of the olives, and to improve quality. Yields in oil were about 12% (12 litres of oil produced from every 100 kilos of olives) and acid levels are about 0.20%.
On arrival at the ‘frantoio‘ (mill), the olives were crushed by modern continuous, stainless steel presses. The paste and resulting oil were both protected from oxygen in order to maintain the delicacy and freshness of flavour in the olives. The oil was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling.
Golden-green in colour with a light, delicate perfume of fresh grass and ripe olives. On the palate the oil is light and delicate, with a fresh, grassy taste, medium body and a smooth, ripe finish. The Veneto oil doesn‘t have the more aggressive style of the oils from further south in Italy and is excellent for drizzling over more delicate dishes.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.