Centennial Vineyards 2018 Limited Release Dolce Classico is crafted from two unique Italian red varietals grown at our Bridge Creek vineyard in Orange, NSW at an altitude of 850m. These varietals are Corvina and Rondinella and are traditionally grown in the Veneto region in North-Eastern Italy, where they are predominantly used to produce the classic Amarone, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso and Recioto wine styles.
We are one of only two growers in Australia of these classic and very unique varietals, and the only producer of this Recioto style.
The classic Recioto wine style is the inspiration for this unique and delicious red dessert wine whereby the use of partially dried Corvina and Rondinella grapes (using a prune dehydrator) has concentrated the must, resulting in a delicious, sweet (Dolce) red wine.
The aroma is very fresh and vibrant with spicy herbs, cherry, currant, plus other indescribable exotic fruits… The palate is soft and round with a good full mouthfeel, and isn’t overly sweet given the 101 grams/litre residual sugar. A closing lick of tannin works well against the sugar. Great with dessert, in particular chocolate-based desserts, and actually a good substitute for dessert!