2016 Bardolino, Torre dei Vescovi, Veneto, Italy
2017 Amarone Classico, Negrar, Veneto, Italy
Made from Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes grown in the Valpolicella Classico area using the traditional method of drying in large fruttaio, or drying rooms.
The colour is deep garnet red, and on the bouquet there are intense fruity notes of cherry and dried plums, floral notes of dried flowers and sweet spices. On the palate is is rich and smooth with ripe cherry, a hint of cocoa and lovely sweet spice on the finish.
2017 Amarone 'Marne 180', Tedeschi, Veneto, Italy
2018 Valpolicella Ripasso, Cantina di Negrar, Veneto, Italy
It's quite staggering how different this wine is to the estate's straight Valpolicella. It's called a Ripasso because the grape skins from their Amarone wine production are added to the Valpolicella to give it a lift in terms of both richness and flavour. The skins are from partially dried grapes, so they add a layer of sweet spice and dried fruits that sits alongside the more vibrant youg fruit from the Valpolicella. The result is a delicious wine with so much flaour intensity.
2018 Corvina, Cantina di Negrar, Veneto, Italy
Made from 100% Corvina, one of the grandest red grapes of the Valpolicella appellation, and a major constituent of the famous wines made there.
It's a soft textured gem of a wine that has a lovely balance of vibrant cherry and subtle spice on the palate. It hasn't seen an oak barrel so we were astonished just how much complexity of flavour has been coaxed out of the grapes alone. It's not a bruising heavyweight, but it still packs a punch for a wine at this price, and the beautifully balanced acidity keeps it fresh and summery. This really is a wine for all occasions, whether it be a summer barbecue or Sunday lunch on a cold winter's day.