Its decision to look beyond its existing vineyards to the Uco Valley has transformed the Zuccardi wines, says Patricio Tapia. He explains how a winery founded to showcase irrigation systems has become one of Argentina’s best...
Four Zuccardi wines to try
Finca Los Membrillos Cabernet Sauvignon, La Consulta 2011
Zuccardi’s newest wine, and another step along the road to investigating the Uco Valley terroir. In this case, it is a single vineyard with vines planted in 1998 over sandy, stony soils in La Consulta. A wine with tremendous structure shaped by tense, refreshing acidity and generous in black and red fruits, lightly spiced and with great depth.
Price N/A UK familiazuccardi.com
Aluvional Malbec, La Consulta 2011
This aims to offer a panorama of Malbec from La Consulta at 1,080m above sea level, one of the most important zones in the Uco Valley. An interpretation that – aided by a cool year – offers bright and juicy aromas. The acidity is lively and prickly, while the cherry flavours and violet notes dance on the tongue.
Price £45 (2008) Corking Wines, The Fine Wine Co
Zeta Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco 2011
This wine has aimed, since its first vintage in 2002, to show the best of the Uco Valley. The 2011, made with Malbec from La Consulta and Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary, has flavours full of liqueur and chocolate, and candied cherries. It is huge on the palate, yet smooth and lush with it. Excellent in its voluptuous style.
Price £33.95 (2009) Old School Wines
Serie A Malbec, Valle de Uco 2012
A moreish Malbec. This is a simple wine, direct in its fruity expression but with a certain depth at the same time. A red for the grill, there were 225,000 litres made from different Malbec sectors of the Uco Valley, especially La Consulta, Vista Flores and Tupungato.
Price £9.99–£ 11.99 (2011) Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cheers Wine Merchants, Cross Stobs Wines, Turton Wines