Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
Wine Advocate 90+ points!
Zorzal Malbec Terroir Unico is a beautiful mountain-grown Malbec from Argentina. Zorzal is a young boutique winery started in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo ("Juampi"), with 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.
"The 2015 Terroir Único Malbec is produced with the fruit from eight- to 12-year-old vines on sandy and stony-limestone soils at 1,350 meters altitude. The destemmed grapes fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and was kept in those vats between five and ten months until bottling, as there are four bottling lots. The nose is very fruit-driven and mixes berries with a hint of pollen and honey, giving it an accessible and easy to understand profile. The palate is juicy, with cherry flavors and almost unnoticeable tannins. It ends dry, with seriousness. 100,000 bottles produced."
-Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90+ points!
Enjoy Zorzal Malbec Terroir Unico with veal chops, roast duck, creamy pastas and aged cheeses.