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Alpha Zeta 'R' Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2021

Get to know: Alpha Zeta 'R' Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 

Tasting Note

This Ripasso boasts a rich bouquet of red fruit and dried cherry aromas. It is full-bodied on the palate, striking a delightful balance between a luxurious cherry-pie profile and a smooth structure. The finish is prolonged, leaving a tantalizing bitter-cherry aftertaste.

Try this with Bigoli pasta with a rich duck ragu or Risotto alla Trevigiana

Kate Says

"What a treat this is. It takes the wonderful Valpolicella and gives it some Amarone oomph. You get sweet richness in a sleeker and very drinkable red that is sublime with cheese"

Producer Info

Alpha Zeta was conceived in 1999 working with leading New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson of Blank Canvas, they work directly with growers rather than buying bulk wine, the standard for most wines from Verona at this price. In doing so, ripe grapes are obtained by reducing yields and picking later, utilising Matt’s expertise to preserve these flavours in the finished wines.

This wine was made using a modern variation of the traditional Veronese practice known as "ripasso." Traditionally, the young wine was re-fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes once they had finished fermenting in March. The modern approach is to ferment the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth. Following temperature controlled fermentation, this Ripasso was aged in oak prior to bottling. This blend of modern and traditional winemaking produces a wine with a combination of freshness, structure and depth that is rare among Ripasso wines.

Italy, Veneto





Full Bodied