Amarone della Valpolicella Elite, DOCG
Casa Vinicola Bennati has from its outset been devoted to producing the local wine Valpolicella, specifically the ageing of Amarone. These are still the flagship wines of their portfolio.
Grapes, picked in September, are harvested some three weeks later than usual to allow for a greater concentration. Then, as part of the famous Amarone production technique, the bunches are put in small crates inside the “fruttaio”, a large room where ventilation is controlled by opening windows, allowing the grapes to shrivel and concentrate further.
At the beginning of the new year the bunches are de-stemmed and pressed. Grapes and must are put into special wine tanks where selected yeasts are inoculated to start a strictly controlled fermentation at a temperature of 24-25°C to extract the fruitier components of the skins to give great complexity to wine. Frequent but quick pumping overs dissolve all the substances in the grape skins, thus enriching this wine with clear notes of concentrated, jammy fruit.
Bennati give some oak ageing to their Amarone.
Oak ageing gives a remarkable warm bouquet reminiscent of dried fruits and spices and intense scents of stewed fruit and jam.
A deep red colour with violet shades. Intense aromas of dried, jammy, stewed fruit. On the palate it’s very elegant thanks to the harmonious balance between power and softness. Complex finish, with clear scents of jam (cherries, blackberries, raspberries) and intense spicy notes rounded off with the classic bitter almond taste of Amarone.
Food pairings: Excellent with red meat and slightly spicy dishes
About the Producer
Casa Vinicola Bennati
Casa Vinicola Bennati is an old established house, founded in 1920 by Annibale Bennati, in the area of Cazzano di Tramigna, just a few kilometres from Soave. Annibale was the son of the famous Antonio, or ‘Toni Recioto’ as he was called in honour of the raisin wine of that name.
In this vinicultural heartland, their vineyards are in a prime position and are protected by the surrounding hills. High quality is assured by astute management and hand-picking is still carried out with optimum care.
In the early years the company restricted its activity to producing esteemed local wines, specifically the ageing of Amarone – which are still the flagship wines of the range.
Subsequently, under the winemaking direction of a younger generation of the family, Bennati has extended its interest to international grape varietals and wines from other areas, concentrating on both the character of the region and the quality of varietals.