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Producer: TerrapienoGrape Varieties: 70% Corvina/Corvinone and 30% RondinellaOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Smooth mid weight redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italian
Terrapieno was created by a group of friends in Verona who have worked together for over 20 years. Matt Thomson makes the wines while Luca Degani of Cantina Valpantena and Gaetano Tobin of Cantina Monteforte provide the grapes from some of their best sites. “We all make a lot of very good wine in Verona, but Terrapieno is an opportunity for us to make wines from single sites that represent the best of what Verona can do,” explains Matt Thomson. Terrapieno means 'full earth'. It is a type of construction used in northeastern Italy, an accumulation of earth to reinforce walls and fortifications. The Castello di Montorio in the Valpantena is a fine example.
This is a single vineyard Ripasso with a lively ruby red colour, showing a strong bouquet of blossom with hints of wild berries and jam. Rich and smooth on the palate.
The Valpolicella vineyards are located on the hilly area north of Verona at an elevation of 250-300 metres in medium-textured soil.
The 2014 vintage was one of the trickiest vintages seen since 1984. It was a mild and wet winter, so pests and pathogens flourished. This led to lots of disease pressure in the vineyards, especially as it was a wet summer. Nevertheless, wines from around Verona were good quality - more aromatic than the previous year, and lighter in body than previous vintages. In general, the whites have a higher acidity than seen in recent years so needed a bit more time on their lees to fatten out.
After harvest the grapes were brought to the winery, crushed and de-stemmed before fermentation at 22-28°C. After fermentation, the wine underwent a second fermentation on Amarone skins. Ageing takes place in oak casks.
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