AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA
Tenuta SANTA MARIA VALVERDE
On the highest hills of the DOCG Valpolicella Classica, Marano di Valpolicella, north-west of Verona, Veneto
Variety of vines
on traditional pergola of artisanal vine
500 meters above sea level, on a land of ancient disintegrating lavas in the cru sub-area called Purano. At one time only Amarone was produced on these hills, then the disciplinary in 1967 extended the production of Amarone to the plain as well.
Age of the vineyard
More than 20 years.
Yield of grapes / plant
1,5 Kg bunches / plant
Basalt of volcanic origin, soil very rich in minerals, terraced on ancient dry stone walls of more than 200 years (called "marogne" in Veneto) facing south planted with a density of 5290 vines per hectare.
From mid-October to the end of November.
Withering process according to the ancient method with natural ventilation of the hills until February with weight loss equal to 45%
Pressing and Maceration
Destamination and pressing with soft manual peel breaking. Slow maceration.
Slow natural fermentation with indigenous natural yeasts
Temperature-controlled (10-26 ° C) fermentation in cherry wood vats and soft peel break, with delestage every 20 days. Natural malolactic fermentation.
French oak tonneaux 500 lt. for 7 years, 2 years in the bottle in an underground cellar.
4000 bottles in all per year, numbered from 1/4000. Capacity 750 ml. The glass called the “Borgognotta” bottle has a significant weight (750 gr.) In order to best preserve the wine from thermal and light shocks. Suitable for long aging wine.
Total acidity 5,960 g / l
Dry extract g / l 37.00
Residual sugar g / l 4.9
The cork is made of Italian cork from the cork oak forests in Sardinia (from the Latin suber, similar to the Greek syphar, wrinkled leather, natural insulating material par excellence, which has always been used for capping jars and containers for drinks and food, ointments and perfumes, to isolate the walls and roofs of the domus, and also as containers for serving dishes to diners). Length of the cap: 45 mm.
80 calories per glass
Ruby red with purple violet reflections
Hints of blackberry, very pleasant balsamic, almost refreshing menthol, undergrowth, white pepper (given by the Molinara grape) both on the nose and on the palate. Bouquet of rose hips, slightly withered violets.
Caramel, toasting and vanilla (given by aging in French oak barrels).
The aromatic complexity is confirmed by the long palate with incisive notes of spiciness and acidity given by the minerality of the cru and by the altitude. On the palate it is enveloping, the alcohol content alternates with the tasty freshness and the pleasant sapidity. The tannin is well present and gently dries the mouth.
Thanks to its elegant and fine structure it goes very well with pasta and game first courses, both elaborate red meats, such as stews or braised meats, and white, with fresh and aged cheeses, blue cheeses, of both cow, goat and sheep origin, but also as an accompaniment to sweet flavors such as sweet and bitter chocolate.
This wine will keep all its characteristics unaltered for more than 20 years as long as it is kept at a constant temperature below 18 °, not exposed to light and not subjected to thermal shock.
Estimated ecological footprint
Average value 1.04 CFP CO2 / kg for 0.75 lt. quantity
A standard temperature of 16 ° is considered, however if served in summer, we recommend serving it at a slightly lower temperature as it is very pleasant even in summer.
4,000 / year, numbered