See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Zorzal, Eggo Tinto de Tiza, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2013
Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts
Individual judges’ scores: Phil Crozier 18.5 Patricio Tapia 18.5 Dirceu Vianna Junior MW 18.5
In the recent past, the most ambitious (and expensive) wine of an Argentinian winery would be a super-extracted, ripe and oaky red packaged in an excessively heavy bottle. But things are moving fast and Zorzal is a great example of this sea-change. This is one of the most ambitious wines at Zorzal, but the result is a pure, refreshing, light yet complex blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, co-fermented and aged for a year in a concrete egg, seeing no oak. A radical change on what Argentinian producers think of as a great wine.
Phil Crozier Lots of citrus and purple flower aromas. Lovely, pure and clean fruit on the palate and a gorgeous length. A lovely wine.
Patricio Tapia A pure expression of Malbec, this is clear and honest, uninterfered with by oak or overripeness. Intense cherry, violet and black pepper.
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW Enticingly complex purity of cassis, blackberries, violets and herbs. Beautiful, refreshing acidity, lifted with elegant fine-grained tannins and sophisticated structure. Wild, lively, seductive, complex and refreshing.
Price: £15 Barwell & Jones