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.
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”
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”