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Wine Advocate, March 2021,
They use some specific soils for the 2017 Finca Piedra Infinita, up to eight different plots, but not all plots contribute to the wine every vintage; in general, the zones with 20 to 60 centimeters of soil and then large stones with calcium carbonate are reflected in the wines. So, they deconstruct the vineyard, and then they build the blend with the plots they like for each wine, up to eight here but only a specific one for the Supercal and Gravascal. There's a little more ripeness and exuberance here within the general austerity of the whole Piedra Infinita range, especially when compared with the 2018s. They harvested 15 to 20 days earlier than in 2018 (or in 2016) and they had to run, but the separation they have by soil helped them to harvest earlier the earlier-ripening parts of the vineyard. That gave them a great advantage and they produced very good 2017s, but the condition of the year, a shorter cycle and a more hurried year was what it was. This 2017 is not as long as the 2018, and there is a strong chalkiness in the finish. 7,300 bottles were filled in August 2018.
Vinous, March 2021,
A Malbec from Paraje Altamira, the grapes selected from vines growing in eight different types of soil at the Finca Piedra Infinita vineyard before half of them were aged in used barrels for 12 months. The measured nose offers an herb, violet and lavender core from which blackberry subsequently emerges. Makes a big entrance with energy and juice before ceding the impetus to a chalkiness that turns the spotlight on the texture sustained by a flavor-enhancing salinity. A long-lasting, profoundly layered wine.
Pioneers in Mendoza, Zuccardi is one of Argentina’s most forward-thinking estates. With five properties spread across the region, the estate is now run by father Jose and his son Sebastian. This familial winemaking team are known for pushing the envelope on quality, consistently producing sublime wines which beautifully display Argentina’s unique microclimates and soils. The estate has not only caught our eye, but also the world’s, winning numerous awards and accolades for their exceptional wines. Tim Atkin MW listed Sebastian as one of South America’s top 10 most exciting winemakers in Decanter and, for the third year running, Zuccardi has won the IWC Canopy title of ‘World’s Best Vineyard’.
Soon after gaining independence from Spain in 1816, Argentina began attracting successive waves of European immigrants, who brought winemaking traditions and vines with them. For a long time, Argentinian wine was defined by high yields and sun-ripened grapes, however, since the 1980s, the industry has benefitted from a process of modernisation. Combining tradition with extreme altitudes, modern Argentine winemakers have placed more focus on planting in cooler areas, with the aim of prolonging the ripening stage and therefore maximising the quality of fruit. No wine-producing country in the world has made more progress over the last few decades than Argentina, and it is now one of the top exporting countries across the globe. Much of this success can be credited to the hugely popular full-bodied reds made from Malbec, which for years was the most planted black grape in Argentina. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are commonly found and produced in a full range of styles. Mendoza is the main wine region of Argentina. A vast and tremendously varied province nestled against the Andes, its exceptional fruit is the result of the region’s extreme altitudes. The higher the vineyard, the cooler the nights, allowing the wines to retain bright acidity and colour intensity, while the greater effect of radiation increases the concentration of flavour. Mendoza is now home to some of the finest wines of the world, with Catena Zapata leading the way in terms of reputation and quality.