Zorzal 'Terroir Unico' Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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Item Number: 25649
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Item Number: 25649
Wine Advocate 90-91
"The 2016 Terroir Único Sauvignon Blanc, from a vintage they consider truly exceptional in Gualtallary, is part of a line of varietal wines that are easy to understand but still show the Gualtallary sharp character. This is composed of four different harvests of three different vineyards in different parts of Gualtallary. After a 12-hour cold soak it was pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts for some 12 days at a low temperature (12 degrees Celsius) and was kept in stainless steel vats for two months. The wine is kept with the lees for the first six months or so, and there is a leesy/reductive character that makes the nose a little blurry. But the palate is sharp and austere, mineral and straight, highly mineral, very impressive for the price. The wine I tasted was about to be bottled; maybe that's why it was a little blurry... 16,600 bottles will be filled in September 2016 in one go."
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.
Unusual - Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina? And this good? Try it. You'll not be disappointed. We're getting more...
Posted by Loring on 12/18/18 [Verified]
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