Posted: December 20, 2018
So what is Amarone? And what makes it so special?
Amarone is an Italian style of dry red wine, that is all about the winemaking technique. Originating in the Veneto region in North-Eastern Italy, it is traditionally known for its strong, rich, powerful flavour. This intensity comes from the drying process…
The grapes are harvested ripe, and left to dry all winter for roughly 120 days (into raisins), resulting in concentrated flavour and high sugar content. The time, resource and space required for a winery to conquer this process successfully makes this wine on the more expensive side. The wine is mostly aged in French barriques and shows flavour characteristics unlike wines made in any other style.
Greg Hobbs’ famous Australian answer to the traditional Amarone, is the Gregor Shiraz. The fruit is handpicked, semi-dried in the Amarone style – although Greg does not tend to do this for the full 120 days as this tends to take it too a sweeter, tawny flavour profile. Instead it is dried ‘to the perfect flavour’, then naturally fermented in open vats before being aged in new French Oak for 24 months. Bottled unfiltered. The wine is simply superb. The best Amarone in Australia with 93 Halliday points & a rating of 96 points from Robert Parker Wine Advocate. It would be safe to say its close to the best Amarone in the world.
Check our the Gregor – https://www.vendimia.com.au/products/21876-hobbs-gregor-amarone-shiraz/