Argentinean based Masi Tupungato is the birth child of the Venetian producer Masi, who have an ancient winemaking history. Masi vineyards have been farmed for almost 700 years, and in 1964 Masi pioneered the “ripasso” technique, whereby lightly fermented Valpolicella grapes are passed over the dried grapes left over from Amarone production, thus creating a Valpolicella Ripasso. The Masi Tupungato property is located in Mendoza’s Tupungato Valley where the conditions are remarkably similar to Masi’s Venetian estate. Masi is now cultivating traditional Veronese varieties, such as Corvina, alongside Argentine varieties, such as Malbec and Torrontes. Malbec is used to substitute Valpolicella, it possess the same fruit driven, vivacious character. The “Corbec” is produced through blending air dried Malbec and Corvina, this creates a wine akin to an Amarone. For the production of the “Passo Doble”, Malbec is passed over the remaining dry skins from the production of the “Corbec”, as with the production of a Valpolicella Ripasso, this creates a wine with Malbec tendencies combined with the alluring, unique ripasso complexity.
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