`P` Pinot Grigio

Valpolicella

Alpha Zeta

Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 when Liberty Wines set out to produce...

a range of modern, fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona. Working with leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson, our aim was to work with growers (rather than buy bulk wine, which is standard among most wines from Verona at this price) to obtain ripe grapes (by reducing yields and picking later) and then, using Matt's expertise, preserve these flavours in the finished wines. The result is a realisation of the potential inherent in Veronese viniculture.

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Vineyards

The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cold winter with abundant rainfall. At the end of April, there was a period of frost. For this reason, blossom only began to appear towards the end of May, even if on the slopes it started sooner. Sunny weather followed. However, frost and drought eventually meant that this was a relatively challenging vintage in terms of quantity. Nevertheless, the grapes that were harvested were of satisfactory condition and quality.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and pumped into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters. The must was left in contact with the skins for seven days, then fermentation took place at up to 30°C. The wine was then moved to stainless steel tanks, where malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was held until bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is a lively, youthful ruby coloured wine with fresh cherry aromas that develop into a rich cherry pie character in the mouth. Body comes from soft, supple tannins that match the concentrated fruit through to the characterful finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 75% Corvina/Corvinone
25% Rondinella
Region Valpolicella, Veneto
Winemaker Luca Degani & Matt Thomson
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.48g/l
Residual Sugar 5.71g/l
Wine pH 3.45