- 2023 - 2033
- Case size
- Available Later
Wine Advocate, March 2021,
There is tension and crunchiness here, and the finish is very mineral, dry and chalky but coupled with deep flavors. The wine feels very young and with huge potential to develop in bottle. The symmetry of the cooler vintages in this bottling is here: there’s precision, detail and nuance. There’s purity and restraint and great harmony. There is energy and light, power and balance. This is as good as it gets
James Suckling, April 2021,
Aromas of crushed fruit with mushrooms, dried flowers, ash, charcoal, iodine and bark, following through to a full-bodied palate with superb depth of fruit and layers of polished, fine tannins. Extremely long and seamless. A beauty by all accounts. Complex. Juicy. Supple. Better after 2023, when it will give you all it has stored up in goodness, character and uniqueness.
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.