Country: Italy Region: Veneto Vintage: 2014
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Varietal: Red regional (Northern-Italian)
"Terrapieno was created by a group of friends in Verona who have worked together for over 20 years. Matt Thomson makes the wines while Luca Degani of Cantina Valpantena and Gaetano Tobin of Cantina Monteforte provide the grapes from some of their best sites. The Soave Classico, for instance, comes from the Foscarino vineyard in Soave Classico, one of the zone's best sites. The Valpolicella Superiore is also from a single site in the Valpantena.
"We all make a lot of very good wine in Verona, but Terrapieno is an opportunity for us to make wines from single sites that represent the best of what Verona can do,"" explains Matt Thomson, ""The fruit is drawn only from the 12 hectares of vineyard we have planted and managed.""
Terrapieno means 'full earth'. It is a type of construction used in northeastern Italy, an accumulation of earth to reinforce walls and fortifications. The Castello di Montorio in the Valpantena is a fine example.
The 'terrapieno' also contained a store for food reserves in case of sieges. Wine would also have been kept in these stores. As Matt, Luca and Tano meet often over food and wine, the name is very apt. And the wines are very good, and well worth a punt."
Food Suggestion: Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Luca Degani
The Valpolicella vineyards are located on the hilly area north of Verona at an elevation of 250-300 metres in medium-textured soil.
After harvest the grapes are brought to the winery, crushed and destemmed before fermentation at 22-28°C. After fermentation, the wine undergoes a second fermentation on Amarone skins. Ageing takes place in oak casks.
This is a single vineyard Ripasso with a lively ruby red colour, showing a strong bouquet of blossom with hints of wild berries and jam. Rich and smooth on the palate.
Food Suggestion: "This wine makes a fine companion to game of all kinds. Excellent also with fermented and ripe cheeses. "
Closure: Stelvin ABV: 13.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.7