Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Le Balze”
Vintage 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 not available. From vintage 2003 this wine will be call “Riserva vineyard Le Balze”
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico – Riserva vineyard “Le Balze”
Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita V.Q.P.R.D
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta
From our vineyard “Le Balze” located in Novaia di Marano di Valpolicella in the province of Verona. A hilly vineyard (300 meters above sea level) of Valpolicella Classica, mainly exposed to South/South-East, marl soil alternated with thin layers of clay and limestone.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS IN PRODUCTION:
TRAINING SYSTEM AND PLANTATION DENSITY:
Guyot with 5000 vines/hectare plantation density
PRODUCTION PER HECTARE:
GRAPE-PICKING TIME AND METHOD:
Last ten days of September, manual picking of grapes to be dried naturally. Natural over-ripening in a traditional hilly cellar (400 meters above sea level) for about 120 days.
Gentle crushing and de-stemming of grapes during Winter. Low temperature fermentation in small stainless steel tanks for 30 days, of which 10 days of cold maceration prior to fermentation on January. Daily processing by delestage. Malolactic fermentation until completion in wood. Batonage on own yeasts in barrel.
36 months in barrel; 8 months in bottle.
AGEING AND CONSERVATION CAPACITY:
If stored properly, this wine is likely to age well for up to 15 and more years. It is advisable to store bottles horizontally in a cool and dark place with constant humidity and temperature.
Deep garnet red. Intense perfume with typical hints of ripe red fruit and jam, together with the typical notes given by drying, evident hints of spices, coffee, bitter chocolate, tobacco and notes of goudron with ageing. Good alcoholic taste with high extract, generous body, velvety, flavoursome and persistent with hints of almond, cherry jam, spices and tobacco.
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