80% Corvina veronese, Corvinone, 20% Rondinella.
Location and characteristics of the vineyard
lena di Mezzo is an entirely terraced estate of 18 hectares that lies
in the heart of Fumane, a splendid hilly zone with tufaceous, clay
and limestone soils, in which we have sought to express to the full
the interdependence between the terroir and the indigenous grape
varieties that are the unique heritage of the area around Verona.
250/350 metres above sea level.
Training system and plant density
Only the Pergola training system is used, with a maximum yield of
12,000 kg per hectare. The choice of this training system was made
to allow the Corvina Veronese and Corvinone grape varieties to have
perfect exposure to the sun.
The grapes are picked around mid-October, after they have just
started to dry on the vine. This drying process then continues in crates
in a special drying area, under controlled conditions of humidity
and at natural winter temperatures for 90-120/130 days, until the
concentration of sugars in the grapes has reached at least 28%-30%.
Gentle crushing and destemming of the grapes takes place,
depending on the vintage, between the end of January and late
February, and fermentation in small, temperature-controlled
truncated cone-shaped stainless steel vats is started off by indigenous
yeasts that really highlight the specific organoleptic qualities of the
grapes from Fumane. The fermentation is a slow one, with long
maceration on the skins in order to allow for maximum extraction of
the typical complex aromatic and polyphenolic components. After the
malolactic fermentation the wine stays almost 24 months in 20/30 hl
oak casks. After the bottling follows the aging for at least 8 months.
A dry red wine.
Deep ruby red with garnet highlights.
Cherries (both fresh and under spirits), plums and liquorice; spices
such as pepper and cinnamon; leather, tobacco, cloves, black
pepper; hints of undergrowth.
Extremely elegant, well-balanced and velvety, but at the same time
robust and complex, dry, full-bodied, generous and austere.
It is incomparable with braised meats or roast game and with very
mature, piquant cheeses. Excellent with raw tuna, sushi and with
Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine. Try sipping it, too, on its own,
outside the context of a meal.