Azienda Agricola San Cassiano Amarone DOCG, 2014, Veneto, Italy
£42.25 (inc VAT)
From centuries of wine-making endeavour, Amarone emerged like a marble goddess from stone. Italian passione they managed to bottle. Intense, dry and boasting a plethora of complex notes; the Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes when grown in cooler conditions to promote natural sugars and aromas, then dried to enrich its flavour, produce wine of extraordinary depth. Amarone comes from the Italian word amaro (‘bitter’). The soil and streams of the Mezzane Valley has given life to settlers through many an age, and now feeds San Cassiano’s timeless produce. We say ‘grazie’ to a real gift of nature.
Deep amongst the rolling hills of the Mazzane Valley, Northern Italy, lies an unassuming little town that’s home to nature’s protectors, brave mountain bikers, and a patchwork of dainty houses and sun-kissed olive trees. It’s also the centre of where something truly exciting is taking place - it goes by the name of San Cassiano. Founder of one particularly special vineyard, Mirko, acquired a piece of this lush green paradise in 2004, including an oil mill, cellar, fourteen hectares of vineyard and seven olive trees; he called it ‘Azienda Agricola San Cassiano’. Ever since, they have seen their grapes ripen spectacularly in the summer sun, and intensify further with increased natural sugar levels. The vineyard is a rare breed. The land and environment is rich, fertile and simply perfect for growing, which allows the fruit to develop naturally, without fertilisers, excessive irrigation or other means of human intervention. Azienda Agricola San Cassiano place their trust in the hands of Mother Nature, and it is only ever her fruit they will use to make their wine.