The secret of Fratelli Tedeschi
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Pedemonte, March, the 22nd
A Vinitaly with a strong theme awaits Antonietta, Sabrina e Riccardo Tedeschi: that of the passion that teaches patience, and it was precisely passion and patience that accompanied the Tedeschi siblings in their search for the best for their vines and for crus within their vineyards. In truth, the first cru was their father Lorenzo's idea; in 1964 he had the intuition to vinify the grapes of the Monte Olmi vineyard separately, thus giving life to the estate's flagship Amarone. It was followed by Amarone La Fabriseria and La Fabriseria Valpolicella Classico Superiore, both from the grapes of the La Fabriseria vineyard (the former only in excellent years, for example 2007). Now is the moment of a third cru, which is from a vineyard in the Tenuta di Maternigo, purchased in 2006. The vineyard is called Impervio, because of its steep slopes, while the wine it produces is the new Maternigo Valpolicella Doc Superiore, which is being introduced at Vinitaly.
When asked why dedicate a cru to a Valpolicella and not a new Amarone, Antonietta, Sabrina e Riccardo reply, “because a new Amarone requires patience, that patience that has always accompanied the passion for our land, and, especially, for Valpolicella.”
Let's take a brief look at the new developments and appointments that the Azienda Fratelli Tedeschi has planned for the upcoming Vinitaly.
OperaWine, Saturday April 6th at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona
This year again begins a day early for the Tedeschi siblings, since they have been selected for a second time by Wine Spectator as one of the top 100 Italian wineries, and are therefore invited to take part in the Opera Wine tasting event, scheduled to take place in Verona's Palazzo della Gran Guardia di Verona on Saturday April 6th. Entry will be limited to a maximum of 500 tradespeople and wine lovers, who will be able to taste and talk directly with the wine makers. This year Antonietta, Sabrina e Riccardo have decided to present their Amarone La Fabriseria 2007, which has recently been released.
Zonation and Characterization of the Valpolicella Classica Vineyards
Last year during Vinitaly Fratelli Tedeschi presented the zonation and vineyard characterization studies carried out on the Tenuta Maternigo. This year it's the turn of their lands in the Valpolicella Classico area, including the famed Monte Olmi and La Fabriseria vineyards. Vineyard characterizations, which are relatively new to Italy, are agronomic studies of the vineyards carried out to understand the behavior of the vines in the various parts of the vineyards. Even if the soils are the same throughout the vineyard, in fact, the vegetative behavior of the vines can vary, and understanding their behavior can allow effective, rapid treatments to individual vineyard parcels, considerably reducing the environmental impact of the treatments.
The conclusion of the studies in the Valpolicella Classica zone is an important milestone for the Cantina Tedeschi, which has decided to publish the results in a pamphlet that also includes the vineyard maps generated by the studies. Tradespeople and journalists will therefore be able to understand the characteristics of the estate's vineyards and better understand the the style of the wines they yield.
The new wine: Maternigo Valpolicella Doc Superiore 2011
The third Tedeschi cru is a Valpolicella Superiore born from the Impervio vineyard at the Tenuta Maternigo. The grapes typical of Valpolicella (Corvina, Corvinone e Rondinella) were planted on a steeply sloping terrain. The soil characteristics of the Impervio vineyard, which were examined in the course of the zonation study of Maternigo, turned out to be so good that Fratelli Tedeschi decided to vinify the grapes separately to make a new wine that best interprets the nature of the terroir. Beautiful aromas, marked acidity and lively freshness are the principal characteristics of Tedeschi's new Valpolicella Superiore, which further enriches a line with strong ties to its terroirs. Maternigo Valpolicella Doc Superiore can therefore be considered another milestone reached in the interpretation of the many facets terroir can confer to indigenous grapes, the only kind Fratelli Tedeschi grows.
And finally, a new label for Amarone Doc
Presented in January, the new Amarone Doc label whose central symbol refers to the drying of the grapes has already garnered considerable success in the marketplace because of its elegance and simplicity. The wine that is perhaps the most significant of the Tedeschi line now has a label that best interprets the nature of the Valpolicella's great wine, and underlines the importance of belonging to the land.