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 vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and pumped into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters. The must was left in contact with the skins for seven days, then fermentation took place at up to 30°C. The wine was then moved to stainless steel tanks, where malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was held until bottling.
This is a lively, youthful ruby coloured wine with fresh cherry aromas that develop into a rich cherry pie character in the mouth. The body is provided by the soft, supple tannins that match the concentrated fruit through to the characterful finish.
Great with beef stroganoff, tuna fish sandwich or stuffed mushrooms