Zorzal 'Eggo Tinto de Tiza' Red Blend 2016
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 32584
Wine Advocate 95
"The incredible 2016 Eggo Tinto de Tiza was cropped from one of the coolest years in recent times, which provided a slow ripening of the grapes and resulted in wines with higher natural acidity. This wine is now exclusively Malbec from Gualtallary (it used to have some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon before). It fermented with 10% full clusters and indigenous yeasts in egg-shaped concrete vats, where the wine matured for ten months. It's super aromatic, with notes of thyme, oregano, spices and something earthy, like the countryside after the rain. It's young and has an explosive, vibrant palate with electric acidity and chalky tannins. 2016 could very well be the finest vintage to date, one of those vintages that will be legendary. This is just unbelievable for the price. 35,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2017."
Colour: intense red color, deep, with touches of violet.
Aroma: deep, intense and complex, with the aromas typical of Gualtallay, such as chalk, wet cement and minerals.
Flavour: with great structure and volume and a silky body with textured tannins, the acidity gives plenty of freshness, making it a very direct wine.
Zorzal is a young, boutique winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo (“Juampi”), and their first vintage in 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in a section of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary (“Gualta”), outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. The Zorzal winery is the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varieties including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and a few others. The grapes are all hand harvested and Juampi’s vision is to have a light hand in the winemaking to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process.
Zorzal tends to pick it’s grapes a little earlier than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varieties above and beyond their stunning Malbecs. They also make a series of wines called EGGO, consisting of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir completely fermented and aged in large concrete eggs. The EGGO wines are more limited in production.
Not a 95 - More like an 88 or 89. Austere, and a bit short on body & finish.
Heavy, sour, truly either just plain bad or not ready! - I have been tasting wine for 40 years and imported and marketed wine nationally for 16. I have had lunch with Bob Parker at his home. Really, Bob? SOUR! Read my reviews of other wine if you would like to find out about wine.
Posted by Barry on 6/30/19 [Verified]
This wine is not good for the price
Posted by Kingsley on 6/27/19 [Verified]
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