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Familia Zuccardi Emma Zuccardi Bonarda, Valle de Uco 2015 £22.74
FAMILIA ZUCCARDI EMMA ZUCCARDI BONARDA, VALLE DE UCO
Sebastian Zuccardi, the grandson of the founder, is now in charge at this trailblazing family winery. Rapidly establishing himself as one of the great winemaking talents of Argentina, he is determined to alter the world's perception of Malbec and evolve our understanding of what Mendoza has to offer. He talks of "not seeking perfect wines, but those that express the place, the region". His vision is not altitude, it is terroir: terroir honed and shaped by the icy Andes flood waters whose power brought the rocks and boulders that now form the sub-soils of many of the very best vineyards. Frequently pictured waist-deep in a muddy hole in one of these vineyards, these rocks not only form part of the vineyard but in their new winery, they form the building and the fermentation vessels. At the forefront of the movement towards greater fruit purity, Sebastian's wines are the most convincing argument for the use of concrete fermentation and ageing vessels and, as a result, for the movement towards a greater understanding of the potential of Malbec and Argentina in general. Though we may be a little biased, it is fair to say that Sebastian is amongst the most influential young winemakers on the planet.
At Zuccardi it is clearly understood that quality starts in the vineyards. Through extensive research and the use of technology such as electromagnetic mapping of soil, they are reaching ever greater understandings of the "terroir" and how to match soils with the most appropriate grape variety. With extensive vineyard holdings in Maipu, Santa Rosa and increasingly at high altitude sites in the Uco Valley, the quality at Zuccardi is ever-improving as these wines find their place. Every aspect of viticulture at Zuccardi, from irrigation techniques, trellising and training, pruning and harvesting is constantly reviewed and improved upon whilst always remains true to their principles of sustainability.
The hand-picked grapes are destemmed and gently crushed. There is a cold maceration for 7 days before classic vinification with selected yeast and fermentation at 25-27°C. Maceration for 20 days with daily remontage and delestage. Malolactic fermentation then takes place and 60% of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months.
This double trophy winning wine is a knockout! Named after Sebastián Zuccardi's Grandmother, a charming and sophisticated woman.... something that has been recreated in this wine. A stunning, deep red colour with aromas of ripe, black fruits such as blueberries blackberry and cassis. The weight and texture of the wine are a testament to the quality of fruit and well-managed oak. It is voluminous and rich with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. No wonder its a winner. A versatile wine, matching well with pizza, pasta or pork chops.
The Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Emma Zuccardi Bonarda is now produced exclusively with grapes from Altamira fermented with 100% full clusters in concrete vats and without the wine touching any oak at all. It matured in concrete vats until bottling. This is surprising, with a completely different character than most Bonardas have, a lot fresher and spicier. But if the nose is different, the palate is something else, it's more about the Altamira calcium carbonate soils than the variety. This has gained in complexity and depth, with a combination of chalk and citric, almost effervescent acidity. Amazing. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2016."
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