Amarone DOP Riserva “La Mattorana” – Zymè

AMARONE DOP RISERVA “LA MATTORANA”- 2008

In a word: the art of making wine

AWARDS:

  • 96/100 e Faccino- Doctorwine

DETAILS:

  • The phrase “The fullest expression of typicity” conveys the concept of fidelity to tradition. The label bears the image of a grape leaf whose veins are replaced by the lines of a fingerprint, to underscore the importance of the hand of man and of the interaction of man and nature in the fashioning of this wine.
    The name Mattonara is a tribute to the sandstone quarry in which the winery lies, which was used at one time for the bricks used in building churches and villas.
  • Grapes: 40% Corvina,30% Corvinone, 15% Rondinella,10% Oseleta, 5% . Croatina
  • Technical data: alcohol 16% , residual sugar 10-12 g/l, total acidity 6.5 g/l, dry extract 36 g/l, pH 3.50
  • Vineyard practices: this Riserva is produced only in the very finest growing years. It is distinguished from the Amarone classico by an even more-rigorous quality-selection of the grapes, which are sourced from the oldest vineyards, 20-50 years old. Organic fertilisation and hand-pruning; shoot-thinning,leaf-pulling,cluster-thinning.
  • Vinification and maturation: three-month semi-drying of the grapes, with no use of de-humidifiers, followed by pressing in January. Vinified in strict accord with traditional methods, it ferments on the skins in concrete vats for at least 2 months, at natural temperatures and with ambient yeasts. After an initial racking it rests some 9 years in Slavonian oak casks and large ovals, and is bottled in its tenth year. This lengthy ageing favours further reduction of its residual sugars.
  • Serving temperature: 18°C
  • Recommended glass: balloon-shaped stemmed glass
  • Appearance: intense ruby red with garnet highlights, glycerine-rich weightiness
  • Bouquet: notes of ripe cherry, morello cherry, semi-dried plum, balsamand spice
  • Ideal food pairing: excellent with aged cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano; it is a fine partner to grilled, roasted, or boiled meats. Superb sipped on its own, as well as with chocolate and enjoyed along with a pipe or fine cigar.

ABOUT ZYME:

The name Zýmē, from Greek, means “yeast.” Yeast is, of course, an indispensible element in the world of oenology, but it also bears a symbolic meaning, since it conjures up the concept of naturalness, a fundamental value in Celestino Gaspari’s professional and existential journey, as well as the process of fermenting, understood as a continuous striving towards transformation.In harmony with that philosophy, the winery logo represents a grapevine leaf in which is centred a pentagon, symbol of the five basic elements that combine to yield wine: man-vine-earth-sun-water.

Re-establishing an ideal habitat where man and nature are in perfect symbiosis is, in fact, the point of both departure and arrival of a new humanism of the earth, of which Celestino Gaspari and Zýmē are promoters.

This new worldview has as its objective the establishing of a new relationship with the environment, with man as the natural guardian of his local corner of earth, the one who protects it, but also the one who can renew it, reinterpret it.

Ecosustainability with respect to vineyard management practices, transparency of the final product through understanding of its production processes, and respect for the rhythms of nature: these are the cardinal principles of Zýmē’s approach to winemaking.

The approach is an element and symbol of a simple style of living in syntony with the earth, in a historical moment in which man, bewildered by the opulence of a false well-being, has put at risk his own survival.

Tradition and innovation are the two complementary tracks on which Zýmē’s wine production moves forward: respect for, and attention to the historic wines of the Valpolicella area go hand in hand with innovation and experimentation with new wines that will enhance and renew the local terroir. Culture, history, tradition, innovation – a glass of wine is so many things, but in Celestino Gaspari’s heart, wine is above all yeast for the mind, and a yeast that grows a project, Zýmē.

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