Ilatium Morini, Amarone della Valpolicella "Campo Leon" 2016
Get to know: Ilatium Morini, Amarone della Valpolicella "Campo Leon" 2016
This fabulous wine combines beautiful fruit concentration with fresh, bright acidity. Oh boy is it big. In flavour and in alcohol. Intense and ample ripe black fruit and sour cherries join herby and earthy notes and vanilla on the nose. The palate is equally big. There's an exquisite, velvety texture and really rich and pruney, raisined fruit layered with fresh red cherry and violet with more vanillin oak. It is so intense but with lovely balance and richness.
Give this an hour in a decanter to open up and you'll be rewarded.
Try this with a melty lamb shank
"Amarone is such a big and decadent wine style that whenever you open a bottle it feels like a special occasion. This one from Ilatium is just divine. I'd savour this with slow cooked Lamb shank in a rich red wine sauce."
The seven brothers and cousins involved with ILatium Morini changed their approach in 2004 and decided to keep the best grapes to make wine themselves. Since 2004 the torrent of accolades, including glowing reviews from Jancis Robinson, would suggest that they made the right decision. Now they stand at the forefront of the new wave production of Amarone.
Today the winery cultivates 40 hectares with plots spread across Valpolicella and Soave. This wine uses Corvina 70%, Rondinella 20%, Croatina/Oseleta 10% Healthy fruit at peak ripeness is hand harvested and air dried for 100 to 120 days in small baskets.
Crio-maceration is followed by a controlled fermentation for 20/30 days with a frequent pump over to break skin cap. Barrel ageing for 30 months followed by 8 to 10 months in bottle.