Zorzal is renowned for having state-of-the-art technology in crushing, fermentation and ageing. In order to achieve natural wines of the highest quality, the winery was designed on four levels to transport grapes and wines by gravity, without the use of pumps. At the same time, the winery has an automatic system of temperature control from New Zealand, which can be operated by internet from anywhere in the world. In their search to get the best out of the Gualtallary terroir, the Michelini brothers are constantly innovating processes, and this has involved bringing in roll fermenters and egg-shaped vats, in addition to introducing staggered harvesting and micro-vinifications in casks. Gualtallary, where Zorzal wines come from, is in one of Argentina’s most outstanding vine-growing valleys, the Uco Valley. Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea-level in the highest vine-growing zone in the Province of Mendoza, at the foot of Tupungato volcano, one of the highest peaks in the Andes. This zone is characterized by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature range. The combination of cool climate and chalky soils gives us wines with great structure and delicious acidity.
- Winery Website: Zorzal
- Vintage: 2012
- Rating: 94 from Robert Parker
- Harvest method: by hand Using 16 kg crates
- Skin Contact: 15 days in concrete egg shaped tanks that constantly move the wine without power
- Fermentation: with indigenous yeasts
- Best Consumed: By end of 2020