Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)

Zorzal 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)

Item Number: 12962

UPC: 0-813495010719

Country: Argentina
Region: Mendoza
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Appellation/AVA: Tupungato
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand, chalk, and stones
Elevation: 4,264 feet

Vineyard Notes: Grapes for the Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec are sourced from a single vineyard in the Gualtallary region of the Tupungato Valley. The vineyard, located at 4,264 feet above sea level, was planted in 2007 and is comprised of sand, chalk and stones.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are harvested by hand a little earlier than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity. The winery is renowned for having state-of-the-art technology in crushing, fermentation and aging. In order to achieve natural wines of the highest quality, the winery is designed on four levels to transport grapes and wines by gravity, without the use of pumps. The Gran Terroir Malbec goes through malolactic fermentation. The wine spends 12-18 months in 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels and is bottle aged for 5 months before release. Only indigenous yeast are used.

Tasting Notes: The Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec is a deep, dark, glowing violet. The most outstanding aspect of the nose is its great aromatic complexity, particularly the chocolate, licorice, mineral and floral tones. It shows an interesting concentration in the mouth, with firm, secure tannins, fresh acidity, a long finish with great breadth. Ideal pairings include seasoned, spicy casseroles, hard cheeses and tapas with cold meats.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (6/29/2018)

    They have been progressively reducing the oak, and the 2016 Gran Terroir Malbec matured in third, fourth and fifth use French oak barrels for 15 months. 2016 seems to be a great vintage in the high-altitude parts of the Valle de Uco, and these grapes from Gualtallary seem to have achieved perfect ripeness while keeping lively freshness. The wine is produced in a transparent style, with little oak and nice balance. This is a very nice representation of the place, grape and year at an unbeatable price.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 90+ (7/25/2018)

    Made in concrete, then racked into barriques for 15 months; as this wine is made from the estate's most calcareous Malbec in Gualtallary, it needs more oak to breathe," noted Gerardo Michelini): Sweet, energetic aromas of dark fruits, minerals and violet. Conveys an impression of Pinot penetration and thrust, with its blackberry and violet flavors enlivened by notes of mint and wild herbs. More concentrated than the Terroir Unico Malbec, with its ripe tannins making that wine seem a bit dusty by comparison. This very suave but backward wine finishes with lovely violet lift. I'd love to see how this evolves over the next seven or eight years.