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2016 Serie A Malbec, Zuccardi

2016 Serie A Malbec, Zuccardi

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The 2016 Malbec Serie A is sourced from different vineyards across the Valle de Uco (San José, Los Árboles, Tupungato, El Peral, Gualtallary, Vista Flore and La Consulta) and was fermented in concrete vats an used 500-liter French oak barrels. There is more than fruit here, there is some expression of the soil, with subtle nuances and more complexity, hints of aromatic herbs and lower in alcohol (13%). The profile of all the wines is very clean, precise, juicy with good acidity. This is a superb example of it, with even some chalky sensations in the texture. Great value too. No less than 400,000 bottles were produced in 2016.  Drink 2017-2020 91pts - Luis Gutierrez, eRobert #228

Argentina's largest family-owned winery (280 hectares) sits at the foot of the Andes Mountains, producing wines of exceptional quality and value from the soils of Maipu and Santa Rosa for nearly half a century now. There are no bought-in grapes and all the vines are hand-harvested; unusual in these parts. Sebastian Zuccardi is now in overall charge, following in the footsteps of his father Jose Alberto (Grandfather Alberto, an emigré from Avellino, founded the winery in 1963). Workers at are employed year-round, and the winery provides subsidised health care and free education for all. Vines are trained under the Parral Zuccardi system that Alberto first introduced - forming a series of arches to maximise exposure and ripening potential; it also lends itself to organic practices (half the vineyards are certified) - again, just something a little different. As Jancis Robinson put it 'their story incorporates mid 20th-century technical innovation, enviable sales success around the turn of the century and, now, a possible blueprint for the future of Argentine wine.'

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