Wine of the week: Masi, Toar

If there were superheroes of the wine world, Masi’s Tour would undoubtedly be one of them.

Considered “the Valpolicella of tomorrow” this is intense and full-bodied wine would fill out a muscle chest Superman outfit with ease.

It’s name, which derives from the volcanic rocks of its vineyards of origin, has kryptonite qualities and its punchy qualities owe their heritage to Oseleta, the forgotten native variety rediscovered by Masi.

The nose combines familiar Corvina aromas with the firm character, power and audacity – phwoah!

But to the important details.

Masi, Toar Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, to give it its full name was launched in 1990. It was the first Masi wine to combine the traditional Veronese grape blend with Oseleta, a secondary native grape with great colour and strength, rediscovered and replanted in Valpolicella by Masi technical staff in the 1980s.

For Verona and the Veneto this was a revolutionary concept, whereby drinkability was abandoned as the sole quality factor for wines made from fresh grapes in favour of the idea of greater complexity and depth.

Oseleta gives the wine structure without affecting the typicity that comes from the other two grapes, Corvina and Rondinella. This is the secret of a Valpolicella Classico Superiore wine with unusual structure and elegance.

The wine is a dark red colour with violet reflections – very viscous. Attractive fruitiness on the nose with aromas of fresh plums and plums preserved in spirit, marasca cherries, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Soft and silky tannins on the palate. Good acidity and attractive flavours of fruit conserves and spices. Long, intense finish with lingering aftertaste.

This full-bodied red wine goes well with grilled or roasted meat, roast beef, game, and moderately matured cheeses. Recommended drinking temperature 18° C (64° F).

Priced £19.95, OakhamWines

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