There isn’t a lot of Amarone in Australia at a mid $20s price point. Happily, this wine is a solid introduction to the style. It’s made from a blend of dried corvina and rondinella (but not molinara) grapes, as is required by the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG rules. A quick look at Vinodiversity confirms my impression that these are seldomnly sighted grape varieties in Australia. A deep intensity ruby in colour, the wine has aromatics that remind of earth, plums and a sultana and raisin mix. The palate is dry, full bodied and has a fleshy and attractive mouthfeel, with some plump and ripe extract providing interest. There’s a savoury edge too, with a bitter almond finish to accompany the plum, earth and raisin flavours. This is a very drinkable wine that pleases for the price. Good
Price: mid $20s
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