Source: Brazos Wine Imports

Source: Brazos Wine Imports

ZORZAL

Mendoza, Argentina

Zorzal is a young, boutique winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias and Juan Pablo (the winemaker) along with a group of Canadian inventors, with it's first vintage being 2008. The winery and vineyards are located int he sub-region of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary, outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4500 feet above sea level, making it 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 varietals including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a few others. The grapes are all hand harvested and the 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 use only indigenous yeast in the wine making process. Zorzal tends to pick its grapes a little earlier (greener) 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 varietals above and beyond their stunning Malbecs.