I don’t drink too many Valpolicellas. While Italian grapes such as nebbiolo and sangiovese are firmly now part of the Australian lingua franca, I suspect that the Valpolicella varieties of corvina, molinara and rondinella enjoy little recognition whatsoever outside of speciality circles in Australia. Corvina is the most well regarded of these grape varieties, producing a fruity red. Molinera is noted as being high in acidity and light in colour, while rondinella’s principle feature seems to be that it is very high yielding, seldom a good sign. A cursory online search reveals that both corvina and rondinella are in fact also planted in Australia. At Freeman Vineyards in Hilltops in New South Wales for example. Perhaps there are others too?
Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014
A distinctive wine, Speri’s 2014 Valpolicella Classico has aromas of bright cherries, herbs and peppermint. The palate is dry, youthful and fruity. Pleasant and I’d drink this.
Speri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011
Speri’s Amerone from the 2011 vintage has aromatics of fruit cake and dried currants and a subtle bearing. The palate is full bodied, with raisin and currants to the fore, and is quite balanced in expression. A coiled expression of Amarone.