Country: Italy Region: Veneto Vintage: 2015
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: Ca' di Alte
"We've been watching the Cantina Colli Vicentini for a few years and weren't surprised, with the arrival of Alberto Marchisio as director and winemaker with the 2012 vintage, that the quality of the wines has improved dramatically.
The grapes are grown primarily on the hills south of Vicenza, the Colli Berici, which ensures lower yields and better ripeness. With Alberto's hand in the winery, the delicate aromas of the whites, both of which are unoaked, have been preserved. The Sauvignon Blanc is surprisingly fragrant and varietal (ripe rather than herbaceous) while the Pinot Grigio has an attractive biscuity character.
The Pinot Nero shows just what can be achieved with the cool nights (thanks to altitude) here. The wine has good colour and an appealing cherry perfume, decent depth on the palate and good length. It puts many a Bourgogne Pinot Noir to shame. The Merlot is riper and juicier than other Merlots from the Veneto and offers great value.
These wines, the cream of the production from the Colli Vicentini co-operative, are, we're convinced, just what our customers are looking for at the moment."
Product Features: Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Alberto Marchisio
The vineyards are located in the hills and are south-west facing. The hillside sites experience cooler nights, allowing the aromatic compounds in the grapes to develop. The vines are trained using the Guyot system. The soil is calcareous and of volcanic origin.
The grapes were harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and then cool soaked for 24 hours. Maceration on the skins took place before fermentation at temperatures of up to 22°C. Malolactic fermentation took place before 30% of the wine was aged in oak for four to five months prior to bottling.
An attractive ruby-red in colour with an appealing cherry perfume, decent depth on the palate and good length. It puts many a Bourgogne Pinot Noir to shame.
Food Suggestion: Great with spiced Italian sausage, polenta and lentils.
Closure: Stelvin ABV: 12.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.9