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Familia Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Paraje Altamira Malbec 2013 £73.11
Sebastian Zuccardi is recognised as a leader in the terroir revolution that is happening in Argentina. His wines express the essence of the soils as well as the extreme climate conditions and altitude in which they are planted.
Zuccardi has been investing in the future of Argentinian viticulture since 2008. The family created a research and development team headed by Sebastian dedicated to the study of the terroir and everything that affects wine quality. As part of this the new Zuccardi Valle de Uco Valley winery formally opened in March 2016 with the aim, in the words of Sebastian, "not to seek perfect wines, but those who express the place, the region".
This investment has resulted in success with awards and high scores being given to the wines from around the world. Sebastian has been named Winemaker of the Year by Tim Atkins in his 2016 Argentina report. His Father, Jose Alberto Zuccardi, was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from IWC in 2016.
The soils in the vineyards from which the grapes for this wine are sourced sits at around 1100 metres above sea level abd consist mainly of shallow alluvial and are extremely calcereous and full of big rocks at around 20cm of depth forcing the vines to root deeply. The grapes were selected by hand, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation in concrete vats without epoxy and innoculated with indigenous yeast. Aged in oak barrels and concrete vats.
97 points Tim Akins
A selection of the best, limestone-rich spots in the Zuccardis’ Paraje Altamira vineyards, this is as good as it gets from Argentina right now. Inky, concentrated, yet refreshing, with very little oak influence but masses of dark, spicy, aromatic fruit weight. Closed and brooding, but with the focus and balance to unfurl its complexity in bottle. (TA)
97 points Wine Advocate
If the 2012 was impressive, the 2013 Finca Piedra Infinita is otherworldly! There is high finesse here, pure, with more tension than in 2012. The nose is subtle, with the violets and the blueberries but also an herbal part, a vegetal side of aromatic herbs and also some subtle minerality. This is more restrained than exuberant. The finish is mineral, tasty and to the point of being almost salty, with tannins that remind you of pure chalk. This certainly goes beyond Malbec. (LG)
96 points James Suckling