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ALPHA ZETA ‘P’ PINOT GRIGIO, ITALY

VINEYARDS
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.

VINIFICATION
The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and chilled
on the way to the press with no sulphur addition. The juice was
chilled immediately and naturally settled. Cultured yeasts were
added to initiate fermentation, which took place at 12-14°C in order
to retain fruit flavours.

VINTAGE INFORMATION
2014 was one of the trickiest vintages seen since 1984. It was a
mild and wet winter followed by a wet summer so expertise was
required in the vineyard to maintain healthy grapes. Nevertheless,
wines from around Verona look good and are more aromatic than
last year and lighter in body than previous vintages. In general, the
whites have a higher acidity than seen in recent years so needed
a bit more time on their lees to fatten out. Garganega, being a late
ripener, was largely unaffected by disease and benefitted from the
Indian summer that arrived from about mid September onwards.

TASTING NOTE
Pale lemon in the glass. Lively and fresh aromas of crisp pear are
accompanied by subtle notes of bread. A juicy palate with fresh acidity
and a citrus twist on the finish. Enjoyable on its own or try with courgette
risotto or a green leafy salad.

GRAPE VARIETIES – 100% Pinot Grigio
REGION – Veneto
WINEMAKER – Matt Thomson
CLOSURE – Stelvin
ALCOHOL (ABV) – 12.5%
ACIDITY – 5.50g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR – 4.50g/l
WINE PH – 3.35