Amarone Della Valpolicella
One of Italy's most noble wines
"Rocca Sveva Amarone is dark and inky in color. Its palate is full of lovely ripe, juicy red fruit over a background of light balsamic…floral notes upon entry followed by a dry, very elegant progression on the palate…"
Filippo Pedron, Winemaker Rocca Sveva Estate
70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
The vineyards are located in the Valpolicella DOC zone, near the villages of Val di Mezzane, Illasi and Cazzano di Tramigna. The vines are planted in calcareous soils at elevations of 150-200 meters.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION:
The hand-picked clusters are set to dry on “drying racks” for at least three months in special temperature- and humidity-controlled lofts. During the drying period, the grapes are affected by “noble rot” or botrytis cinerea. By the time they are ready to undergo maceration and fermentation they will have lost up to 50 to 60% of their water content. They are then de-stemmed and pressed, and the must is put into small fermenters where it ferments at low temperatures (50°F) for some 25-30 days. When the alcohol reaches two-thirds of its final level, the wine is put into stainless steel tanks at 68°F to finish fermentation. The wine is then matured in oak casks for a minimum of 24 months, followed by an additional twelve months in the bottle.
APPEARANCE: Rich ruby with garnet highlights.
BOUQUET: Complex and multi-layered, with aromas of dark and sour cherry, and wild red berry.
PALATE: Full-bodied with elegant layers of dried fruits, cherries, chocolate, and hazelnuts. Well-structured, full tannins and a delicious, long-lingering finish.
• Gold Medal and Trophy 2008 International Wine Challenge (vintage 2000)
• Gold Medal and Trophy 2007 International Wine Challenge (vintage 2003)
• Gold Medal and Trophy 2006 International Wine Challenge (vintage 2001)
Amarone Rocca Sveva is one of the few wines winning for 3 consecutive years the Gold Medal and Trophy at the International Wine Challenge.
• Grand Gold Medal 2008 Mundus Vini (vintage 2000)
• Gold Medal 2008 Vinitaly (vintage 2000)
• Gold Medal 2008 Mundus Vini (vintage 2004).
Wild game and red meats, as well as aged cheeses. Elegant when sipped by itself. Perfect wine to finish a meal or to enjoy in conversation with friends.