Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Le Balze”
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico – Riserva “Le Balze”
Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin V.Q.P.R.D (quality wines produced in specified regions)
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta
SURFACE and SLOPE of “Le Balze” VINEYARD:
1.5 ha, 15%
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:
VINE TRAINING SYSTEM AND PLANTING DENSITY:
Guyot with a planting density of 5000 vines per 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich dishes, in particular grilled, roasted, braised red meat, game and extra mature cheeses. Great wine for meditation.
18°C. Decant the wine at least an hour before serving.
750 ml.; Magnum 1500 ml; Magnum 3000 ml.
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