Masi Tupungato Corbec Corvina / Malbec Appassimento

Masi Tupungato Corbec Corvina / Malbec Appassimento, Tupungato
Masi Tupungato Corbec Corvina / Malbec Appassimento, Tupungato
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Wine information: Masi Corbec is a blend of semi-dried Corvina and Malbec The unrivalled and unmistakable qualities of Corvina Veronese (70%), its over- ripe cherry aroma and deep velvety structure, have balanced perfectly with the exuberant virility and tannins of Malbec (30%), thus making for a unique and fascinating aroma / taste profile. Masi Corbec is made by the specialist appassimento method. The two grape varieties are harvested and vinified separately. The selected grape bunches are laid on specially constructed wooden trays, made in imitation of the Venetian “arelle”, for 22 days. The grapes lose about 25% of their weight and gain in concentration of sugars and aromas. Soft pressing and de-stalking follow. The grapes are fermented at 18-20°C for 20 days in stainless steel tanks. After racking, the wine completes its fermentation at 16°C for 25 days with the help of selected yeasts. Maturation lasts 18 months in medium-toasted oak barriques. The separate varieties are then assembled and the resulting wine transported to Italy in flexitank containers under a nitrogen seal. Ageing continues in stainless steel containers until bottling.

Tasting Notes: Masi Corbec Appassimento is an opaque red colour in with youthful violet edges. The nose has intense aromas of fruits of the forest and fruit conserve with hints of mint and cinnamon. Firm but melting on the palate with soft, ripe fruit flavours that have the appearance of sweetness. Plums and cooked cherries with attractive vanilla hints, leading to a long bitter chocolate finish.

Food & Wine match: As with Amarone, Masi Corbec accompanies strong-tasting foods (grilled red meat, roast meat, or game) and mature cheeses.

Reviews: "Corbec, like the same winery’s Passo Doble, combines Malbec with much rarer Corvina, imported from northern Italy and planted by Masi. There are some dried grapes included here, Amarone style, giving the wine figgy concentration, but not too much alcohol. Supple, long and floral, it’s a well-balanced and appealingly unusual wine." 92 Points, Tim Atkin

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