Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico by Nicolis
One of the real standouts from the 2013 vintage from historic winemakers Nicolis, this is an Amarone Classico of real depth, elegance and ageing potential.
Winemaking: Nicolis utilise a specialist ‘fruttaio’ room for drying the grapes. After the wine is fermented (with all-natural yeasts) the wine is aged in traditional Slavonian botti for 30 months, and held back in bottle for 6 months prior to release.
Soil: calcareous and deposits of moraine debris.
Assemblage: corvina 65%, rondinella 20%, croatina 10%, molinara 5%.
Colour: dusky purple, russet tinges.
Aroma: deep forest fruits, raspberry coulis, fresh bay leaves, fresh leather, autumn leaves, aged balsamic vinegar, white and black pepper, unpeeled almonds and more (real complexity here!).
Palate: beautifully harmonious fruit and tannins, powerful but not imbalanced, fresh acidity without jarring the teeth, with a pronounced cloves and cinnamon spice profile and hints of baked apples at the end.
Ageability: this one has everything you need to keep for a good long while. 15 years for sure, maybe even 20.
Pairing: perfect for very rich food, stews and the like (beef and venison, but also dark mushrooms), without too much chilli to overwhelm the elegant elements. Would also be wonderful on its own, just to sip slowly all evening.