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Maddalena Recioto della Valpolicella 2015

Maddalena Recioto della Valpolicella, Villa Scriani, Veneto,

A simply beautiful, rare red dessert wine, with crushed red berry fruit flavours, similar to Port in style but less alcohol.

Serving Suggestion

A perfect match with chocolate desserts and pastries and happily paired with soft cheeses such as gorgonzola.

Vintage 2015
Unit Size 50
Case Size 6
Alcoholic Percentage 14
Country Italy

Tasting Notes

Based in the heart of Valpolicella in Fumane, Scriani are positioned in the best area for growing high quality grapes. Scriani is a winery owned by the Cottini family. By using higher density vine plantings and guyot training the vines, higher quality fruit is produced, in contrast to the traditional pergola training system used extensively in the region which concentrates more on grape yield than quality. Maddalena is made by firstly drying the grapes as in the case of Amarone. The key difference is that fermentation stops before all the sugar is converted to alcohol, resulting in a gorgeous dark red dessert wine, similar to Port in style but with less alcohol.

Wine Making Notes

Carefully selected grapes are partially dried over several months to concentrate flavour and sugar. The grapes are crushed and fermentation begins, but is stopped before all the sugar is converted to alcohol which means that the resulting wine remains sweet. The final wine is aged in oak for 12 months and a further year in bottle before sale.

About the Producer

The Cottini family have associated the long tradition in the art of wine-making with the Scriani trademark, handing down from father to son. The firm is in Fumane and has vineyards covering approximately 8 hectares, mostly cultivated using the traditional Veronese trellis method. Some of the more recently planted vineyards, such as `Ronchiel`, use the Guyot system, an advantage where grape quality is concerned. Amarone is the leading Scriani product, aged eighteen months in barrique, eight months in large oak-wood casks and then refined a further six months in the bottle. Many tasks such as pruning the vines and harvesting the fruit are carried out by hand, according to the concepts of the best and most founded winemaking tradition.

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Sulphites Yes
Milk No
Egg No
Fish No
Nuts No
Cereals No
Suitable For Vegetarians Yes
Suitable For Vegans Yes
Peanuts No
Soy beans No
Celery No
Sesame No
Molluscs No