Alpha Zeta Corvina Blend Valpolicella 2009
Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 when leading New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson, set out to produce a range of modern, fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona. Our aim was to work with growers (rather than buy bulk wine, which is standard among most wines from Verona at this price) to obtain ripe grapes (by reducing yields and picking later) and then, using Matt's expertise, preserve these flavours in the finished wines. The result is a realisation of the potential inherent in Veronese viniculture. The hills outside Verona. Several vineyards in excellent sites where the growers had reduced the crop quite significantly were selected. This Corvina wine has very good colour and a ripe, spicy dark berry nose that mingles flavours of blackberries and black pepper. It has good weight and richness on the palate, soft, supple tannins and very good length. It proves what can be achieved in Verona if yields are contained and the fruit is allowed to achieve full ripeness.
Delightful - somewhat light but really flavorful. A little chocolate and pepper. Very nice.
Young, fruity black cherry with a fresh, raspberry driven acidity. Light bodied with an off-dry oaky finish and a hint of spice. Perfect level of acidity for rich red tomato based dishes or for early evening quaffing.