Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico Riserva “Le Balze”
CERTIFICATION: Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin V.Q.P.R.D (quality wine).
GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and other autochthonous grapes.
ORIGIN: From our vineyard “Le Balze” located in Novaia, in Marano di Valpolicella (in the province of Verona). A hilly vineyard (300 m a.s.l.) in 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/ha.
YIELD: 9000 Kg/ha.
GRAPE-HARVEST AND DRYING: Third week of September, with manual picking of carefully selected grapes to be dried naturally. Natural drying process in a traditional hilly fruttaio (drying room at 400 m a.s.l.) for about 100 days.
VINIFICATION: Destemming and soft crushing of grapes during winter; fermentation at controlled temperature in oak truncated-cone vats for about 30 days, of which 10 days of cold pre-fermentative maceration on grape marcs. Daily pumpings and delestage. Malolactic fermentation in wood until completion. Batonage on own yeasts in oak barrels and micro-oxigenation.
AGEING: 36 months in wooden barrel; 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 | Double Magnum 3000 ml.
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