Verona IGT “Harlequin” 2015 by Zymé
The bigger brother of Zymé’s Kairos release, Harlequin is unique, rare, and always extraordinary. Made from a one-of-a-kind blend of grapes (usually 11 or 12 red and 4 white), balanced perfectly and vinified all together, producing a truly incredible, harmonious and deeply textured wine.
Only the best clusters of each grape variety are used, grown (depending on the variety) on alluvial or volcanic soils using organic farming methods. These clusters are then crushed without being destemmed to emphasise tannins (especially from the white varieties) and ferment with wild yeasts for around a month. The wine is then aged in new French oak barriques for about 2 and a half years, followed by at least 2 years in bottle. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
The wine is a deeply coloured, intense ruby. The aroma is astonishingly harmonious, with luscious red fruit balanced expertly with floral and spice notes, not to mention high-grade aromatic cigars and even a hint of slate. Full and bold on the palate, but again completely in equilibrium, with bright, clear acidity and a long, long finish.
A wine with the quality and backbone to age for a good long while yet, though also exceptional right now. As for pairing – Arlecchino can’t be without his Colombina, so why not try this with a sumptuous, gamey dish of pigeon?