The Torre del Falasco wines are the standard bearers of this co-operative, situated...
in the Valpantena, northeast of Verona. Known as the ’valley of god’ to the ancient Greeks, this area is well-known for its high quality red wines, due partly to the soils but also because of the cool breeze that blows down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites. Run by Luca Degani since 1995, the Cantina di Valpantena is now one of Italy’s best co-operatives, with 700 hectares of vineyard producing excellent quality fruit. Matt Thomson makes some of the Alpha Zeta wines here and has worked closely with them since 1999.
The grapes for the Corvina Veronese are grown on the steeply terraced hillside vineyards belonging to the co-op, where soils are chalky and poor.
The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cold winter with abundant rainfall followed by a period of frost at the end of April which delayed blossoming. Despite the return to sunnier conditions during the summer, this proved to be a relatively challenging vintage, with reduced yields. However, the grapes that were harvested proved to be of good quality.
After a brief drying period the Corvina grapes were destalked and pressed before undergoing a gentle maceration and slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 22-28°C. This wine is unoaked to emphasise its fresh, youthful characteristics.
Bright and fresh in the glass, this wine opens with perfumes of juicy red cherries. The wine is youthful with a soft, approachable structure that is given depth by the partial drying process. It has good balance with lovely bitter cherry notes on the finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Corvina/Corvinone|