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Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008 Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008

Amarone is made by drying grapes on straw mats to concentrate the sugars and flavours. This leads to a highly extracted and alcoholic wine with massive depth of flavour and complexity. It is a dry wine, but shows a sweet and attractive fruit character. Goodness me, this is really good!

VINEYARD
The Allegrini family's southeast facing vineyards are located in the Valpolicella Classico hills at 180-280 metres above sea level. The soils are varied, but mostly chalky, stony and well-drained. The vines are 29 years old on average, pergola trentina trained, with about 3,000 vines per hectare. The yield is 33 hl/ha.

Grapes for the Amarone are hand harvested during the second half of September and are allowed to dry naturally for about 100 days at 'Terre di Fumane', a state of the art drying centre where both temperature and humidity are controlled. By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis is avoided, and the integrity of the fruit is preserved. During the drying period the grapes lose 45% of their original weight.

GRAPE VARIETIES
85% Corvina Veronese, 15% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta

VINIFICATION
The grapes dried at `Terre di Fumane`, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity. By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis is avoided, and the integrity of the fruit preserved. During the drying period, the grapes lost 40-45% of their original weight.

Vinification took place in the first two weeks of January. The dried grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel between 22- 31ºC. Maceration lasted 25 days, with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 100% new oak barrique (225 litres) in March for 18 months. After blending, it spent 7 months in 8,700 litre oak casks, and 14 months in bottle.

TASTING NOTE
Deep ruby red in colour, this Amarone has an impressive structure and depth. It is intensely perfumed with dried cherries, mature fruit and spice. Powerful and full-bodied, with a sweet-savoury character with a bitter cherry twist on the long finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    15.5% (11.6 units per bottle)




Per Bottle 48.95

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