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Vin Alto Ritorno Red Blend

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Vin Alto Ritorno Red Blend

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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Created in the Veronese ripasso tradition, this Clevedon, South Auckland red is a blend of traditional French and Italian grape varieties (such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Montepulciano), fermented on the skins of the air-dried Retico grapes (above) and oak-matured for two years. The 2000 vintage is fragrant and leathery, concentrated and slightly raisiny, in a style that demands food.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Created in the Veronese ripasso tradition, the 1999 vintage was grown at Clevedon in South Auckland. A blend of French and Italian varieties (Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Montepulciano), it was fermented on the skins of the air-dried Retico grapes (above) and oak-matured for two years. Dry (although it gives the impression of slight sweetness), it has substantial body and firm, savoury, complex flavours, spicy, herbal, leathery and raisiny.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Created in the Veronese ripasso tradition, the 1998 vintage was grown at Clevedon in South Auckland. A blend of Italian (70 per cent) and French grape varieties, fermented on the skins of the air-dried Retico grapes (above), it is full in colour, with a bouquet of leather and spice. The palate is substantial (14.5 per cent alcohol), lively and complex, with sweet fruit characters and strong, plummy, spicy flavours, braced by firm tannins. It's a much more conventional style (to Kiwi palates) than Retico, and drinking well now.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Created in the Veronese ripasso tradition, the 1996 vintage is a dark, very soft red, grown at Clevedon in South Auckland. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Corvina and Sangiovese, fermented on the skins of the air-dried Retico grapes (above), it is enticingly perfumed and notably sturdy, with rich, lingering flavours of cherries and almonds. The 1997 has a higher percentage of Italian grapes (including Nebbiolo) than the 1996. Deeply coloured, powerful and concentrated, it's a complex, savoury wine with rich cherryish, plummy, spicy flavour and firm tannins, drinking well now.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Created in the Veronese ripasso tradition, the 1996 vintage is a dark, very soft red, grown at Clevedon in South Auckland. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Corvina and Sangiovese, fermented on the skins of the air-dried Retico grapes (above), it is enticingly perfumed and notably sturdy, with rich, lingering flavours of cherries and almonds.
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