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Producer: Zorzal - TupungatoGrape Varieties: Bonarda 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Intense fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Argentina
A deep intense red wine with complex aromas of ripe rhubarb and plums enveloped in mineral tones from the Gualtallary terroir.
Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley. Hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina, the terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this highly regarded winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.
The grapes are grown on an 80 year old pergola in high altitude, drip irrigated vineyards in Tupungato, located in one of Argentina's most outstanding vine-growing valleys: the Uco Valley. Tupungato is situated at 1,200 metres above sea-level in the highest vine-growing zone in the Province of Mendoza, at the foot of Tupungato volcano, one of the highest peaks in the Andes. This zone is characterised by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 17°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit. This combination of cool climate and very specific white chalky soil, gives the wine great structure and a delicious acidity.
The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place in egg-shaped containers made of cement, without an epoxy paint coating. Their shape helps to keep the liquid constantly moving so the temperature control is more consistent and the lees remain constantly in suspension, resulting in a wine which achieves a greater character and volume on the palate. The wine was then aged for 12 months in the same container, with a view to conserving its authentic character, without interference from any other influence such as oak from another terroir.
A deep intense red wine with complex aromas of ripe red berries and plums enveloped in mineral tones from the Gualtallary terroir. Bright and refreshing with soft tannins leading to a persistent finish.
This versatile red wine accompanies red meats, gourmet sausage and mash.
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