Alpha Zeta was started in 1999 with a range of modern, fruit-driven wines from the hills outside Verona. Working with leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson, their 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 fruit for this wine is grown in special, selected old vineyards with excellent south-east exposure, where growers have reduced their yields quite considerably to produce excellent quality fruit.
The grapes were harvested once very ripe, then they were gently pressed and immediately cooled to preserve the aromas. Fermentation took place slowly at 18°C avoiding any skin contact. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks.
This wine has aromas of ripe peach and pear with slight hints of flint. It is refreshing and crisp on the finish, with attractive Pinot Grigio characters, On the palate, it is rich and well-balanced.
Fab with lemon chicken piccata, seafood and vegetable anti-pasti or seafood risotto