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José Zuccardi Malbectext

José Zuccardi Malbec 2017

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaThe José Zuccardi label, once known as Zeta, is a salute to the family history in wine “as seen through José Alberto’s innovative eyes,” says son Sebastián Zuccardi, who heads up the impressive Zuccardi Valle de Uco project. It’s a throwback to the older Euro style of winemaking. The fermentation on native yeasts is in concrete after a cluster selection, while the ageing involves two years in French oak foudres (2500 litres) and barrels (500 litres). The blend is 95/5 malbec /cabernet sauvignon that comes off two honoured sites: IG Paraje Altamira, San Carlos, Valle de Uco (1100 masl – 3600ft); and IG Gualtallary, Tupungato, Valle de Uco, Mendoza (1230 masl – 4265 ft). This colour is opaque black-purple, signalling a giant wine. Yet on the palate, it reveals a much more electric demeanour with plenty of underlying acidity and rich florals that lift the wine, allowing the intense black cherry, black plums, and blackcurrants to run the length of the palate, finishing over dense, highly refined tannins and a lingering stony mineral finish. This wine has it all and will effortlessly age a decade and beyond.Tasted: 02 June 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
CDN$59.99750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Familia ZuccardiDistributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
Grape: MalbecCSPC: 117917UPC: 7791728010695