Textbook Valpol: Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015

I am told that Valpolicella is gaining in currency. From Speri, this is restrained and savoury in impression, with notes of redcurrants, earth and a mint streak. The palate is medium bodied, the tannins gentle, and the length quite good. A textbook example. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $25.

Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014

This is a very good Valpolicella from Zenato made even better when paired, as it was, with a delicious pizza from Lucio Pizzeria in Darlinghurst. ¬†It’s mostly corvina, seasoned with rondinella and molinara. ¬†These are all grape varieties little seen in Australia, but the classic Valpolicella (and Amarone) combination. ¬†In the glass, there are aromasContinue reading “Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014”

Something a bit different; Masi Campofiorin Nectar Angelorum Hominibus 2011

From the Rosso del Veronese IGT, this wine is a Valpolicella blend of corvina, rondinella and molinara. ¬†But mostly corvina (70%), the well regarded red grape from the region. ¬†It’s also made using an extra fermentation. ¬†The first is a normal primary one. ¬†The second less so; the wine is re-fermented with 25% semi-dried grapesContinue reading “Something a bit different; Masi Campofiorin Nectar Angelorum Hominibus 2011”

A couple of Venetos; Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico 2014 and Speri Amarone della Valpolicella 2011

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, producingContinue reading “A couple of Venetos; Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico 2014 and Speri Amarone della Valpolicella 2011”