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Producer: Zorzal - TupungatoGrape Varieties: Malbec 88%, Cabernet Franc 12%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Intensely flavoured redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Argentina
Edgy, big and layered, this intensely flavoured wine is marked by flavours of blood orange and wild herbs against a background of ripe black fruits.
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 seven to ten year old espalier trained vines are grown in a high altitude, drip irrigated vineyard in Gualtallary. Gualtallary is located in one of Argentina's most outstanding vine growing valleys: the Uco Valley and is situated at 1,350 metres above sea level. This is one of the highest vine growing zones in the Province of Mendoza, sitting at the foot of the Tupungato volcano - one of the highest peaks in the Andes. The 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 20°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. Their shape helps to keep the liquid moving constantly, so the temperature is more consistent and the lees remain constantly in suspension. The resulting wine achieves a greater character and volume on the palate. Following the fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in the same container, with a view to conserving its pure, authentic character, without interference from any other influence such as oak from another terroir.
A deep, intense and complex example of a Gualtallary Malbec, with the typical aromas of chalk, flint, and mineral tones. Structured and voluminous on the palate with a silky texture, this is poised and direct, with a refreshing quality.
This is a gastronomic wine which pairs beautifully with red meats, pasta and rabbit.
Malbec 88%, Cabernet Franc 12%
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