“Q” Valpolicella Ripasso is a wonderful blend of the Traditional and the Modern, offering the best both!
It is produced using the traditional grape mix of Corvina, Corvinone & Rondinella, these grapes are sourced exclusively from vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley.
This location is ideal, as cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, helping to moderate the climate and enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress helping to produce superior quality fruit.
So far, so traditional, I hear you say, well let me introduce flying-winemaker Matt Thomson, who has been building a reputation as a premium producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc since the early ‘90s, but for almost just as long he has also acted as a consultant at a number of wineries in France and Italy.
Looking at this wine style from a unique perspective, Matt makes the wine is made using an adapted modern version of the traditional Veronese "Ripasso" method. Traditionally, the young wine was re-fermented on the skins of the Amarone grapes once they had finished fermenting in March. The new, more expensive approach is to ferment the young wine together with dried grapes in the January following the vintage, giving the wine more body and depth. This blend of modern and traditional winemaking produces a wine with a combination of freshness, structure and depth that is fairly rare among Ripasso wines.
Following fermentation, the wine is aged for just over a year in a mixture of large oak and small, French oak barrels prior to bottling.
All of this results in a truly sensational Ripasso with incredibly concentrated, ripe black-berried fruit, with the Ripasso method adding a dried cherry intensity. Full-bodied on the palate, with a lovely balance between the opulent cherry-pie character and the super-smooth mouthfeel, and with a mouth-watering sour cherry twist on the finish.
The velvet smooth texture means that this wine can quite easily be enjoyed on its own, but to see it at its best, I would serve it alongside a meaty Italian dish such as Tagliatelle al Ragù or even better with Veal Osso Bucco.
We were only able to get our hands on a limited parcel of this Delicious red, so it won’t last long, particularly at the special price of 2 for €25 ( down from €19.99 each).
Due to the limited stocks, this offer is not available online, so why not pop down to your local O’Briens store this weekend (“Q” Valpolicella Ripasso will be on the tasting table in all our stores this weekend) and pick up a couple of bottles before it sells out!