Argentina is a winemaking powerhouse, the country single-handedly put the Malbec grape on the map, and it’s today the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the world. Most of the country’s wine comes from Mendoza, in the Andes foothills, but just like in the old world, winemakers have found that some terroirs are better than others — amongst the finest, there’s Gualtallary.
Zorzal calls Gualtallary home. The winery was founded in 2008 and brought to the table innovation and passion for modern, non-invasive winemaking with the utmost respect for the land. The results can only be described as excellent. A wine that stands out from the already lovely Argentine wine.
Gualtallary is a small zone at 1,350 metres above sea level. Its calcareous soils have fantastic drainage, and the cold wind freshens the sun-drenched vines to produce world-class white and red grapes.
Gualtallary is a subregion of the prestigious high-elevation Tupungato within the Uco Valley. The high altitude takes viticulture to the extremes — these are amongst the highest vineyards in the world. Warm days and cold nights, increased sunlight and fresh wind coming down the mountains allow the grapes to display a balance between ripeness and acidity for beautiful wine of astounding age-worthiness.
Zorzal makes superb, inky Malbec and champions other varietals, including Pinot Noir, Bonarda, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The winery’s most impressive collection is called Eggo, and it’s a fine selection of single-vineyard wines fermented in concrete eggs. Zorzal is the first and one of the few wineries in South America to use this modern-yet ancient technique. The wine then spends time in large French oak barrels and foudres for a uniquely elegant personality. The result is the liveliest expression of the Andean terroir.
Zorzal is part of the new generation of winemakers in Argentina and has taken its wine to new contemplative heights.