Zorzal 2020 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
Item Number: 17776
Sub Region: Uco Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.
91pts (2019 Vintage) Wine Advocate 3/31/2021
"The darker and denser 2019 Gran Terroir Malbec feels unusually dark and ripe, with more tannins and somewhat more rusticity but showing the chalky tannins from Gualtallary. This would do well with powerful food. It's a more powerful expression of the grape and the place."