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Ripasso

Ripasso refers to an Italian winemaking technique which ‘double ferments’ wine over the skins of previously fermented grapes (called must or pomace) to build extra structure, body and flavour into the wine. Traditionally it is used in Valpolicella DOC in the North of Italy where the grapes have first been dried to concentrate the flavours before vinification for the Amarone and Recioto styles of wine of the region. The additional fermentations boost the alcohol level as well as tannins, glycerine and phenolic compounds that add extra complexity, flavour and colour to the finished wine. At Margan, we ‘re-pass’ wine over pomace several times and use different red varieties (including Barbera) to achieve the desired flavour and structure for our Ripasso. 

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Ripasso is the Italian term used in reference to the re-passing of a wine from one ferment over the skins of another. In our case we have passed some of our 2014 vintage shiraz from our 40 year old Timbervines vineyard over the skins of a number of different varieties from the other great vintages. During this second fermentation the shiraz picks up many different and complex characters from the secondary fermentation. The mystery for the drinker is to figure out what skins we have used for the re-fermentation.

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Our Breaking Ground varieties celebrate Italian wine-making. Barbera a variety originating from the Piedmont region of Italy & Ripasso as a winemaking technique of skin refermentation to add complexity, body and structure.

 

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Rich. Spicy pepper. Juicy berry. Violet. Beetroot

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Our Breaking Ground varieties celebrate Italian wine-making and varietes. Our mixed dozen includes 5 x 15 Barbera, 5 x 16 Barbera, 1 x 11 Ripasso and 1 x 14 Ripasso.

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