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Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Le Balze”

 

QUALIFICATION:
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico – Riserva “Le Balze”

CERTIFICATION:
Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin V.Q.P.R.D (quality wines produced in specified regions)

GRAPE VARIETIES:
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta

SURFACE and SLOPE of “Le Balze” VINEYARD:
1.5 ha, 15%

ORIGIN:
From our vineyard “Le Balze” located in Novaia, in Marano di Valpolicella (in the province of Verona). A hilly vineyard (300 meters above sea level) of the Valpolicella Classica, mainly exposed to south/south-east, with a clayey-calcareous soil.

AVERAGE LIFE OF VINEYARDS:
20 years

VINE TRAINING SYSTEM AND PLANTING DENSITY:
Guyot with a planting density of 5000 vines per hectare

YIELD:
9000 Kg/hectare

GRAPE-HARVEST AND DRYING:
Third decade of September, with manual picking of carefully selected grapes to be dried naturally. Natural over-ripening process in a traditional hilly fruttaio (fruit cellar at 400 meters above sea level) for about 100 days.

VINIFICATION:
Destemming and soft crushing of grapes during winter; fermentation at controlled temperature in truncated-cone vats for about 30 days, of which 10 days of cold pre-fermentative maceration on grape marcs. Daily pumpings by delestage. Malolactic fermentation in wood until completion. Batonage on own yeasts in oak barrels and micro-oxigenation.

AGEING:
36 months in wooden barrels; 12 months in bottle.

AGEING AND CONSERVATION CAPACITY:
If stored properly, this wine is likely to age well up to 15 years and more. It is recommended to store bottles horizontally in a cool and dark place with constant humidity and temperature.

SENSORY PROFILE:
A deep garnet red colour. An intense aroma with typical scents of ripe red fruit and jam, together with typical notes given by the drying-process, evident hints of spice, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco and notes of goudron due to ageing. A wine with medium-high alcohol content, highly-extracted and with a generous, velvety, sapid and persistent body with hints of almond, cherry jam, spices and tobacco.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Rich dishes, in particular grilled, roasted, braised red meat, game and extra mature cheeses. Great wine for meditation.

SERVING TEMPERATURE:
18°C. Decant the wine at least an hour before serving.

BOTTLE SIZE:
750 ml.; Magnum 1500 ml; Magnum 3000 ml.

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