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Zuccardi Jose Malbec

Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon


14.5 Alcohol


Premium, world-class Malbecs are the order of the day at Zuccardi, where winemaker and third-generation owner Sebastián Zuccardi makes this wine in honour of his father José Alberto. Created in a more traditional style, emphasizing complexity and structure, this wine symbolizes José's passion for his family and his commitment to quality. Fruit is sourced from the estate's high-altitude vineyard in the mountains of the Uco Valley of Mendoza, which has been named the "World's Best Vineyard" for three consecutive years. After harvest, fermentation takes place with wild yeasts in concrete tanks, and the wine is then aged for two years in oak. This is a firm, dense, Malbec, with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon added. It offers some seriously chalky tannins and a good amount of acidity, so while it would benefit from a bit of time in your cellar, it can be enjoyed young after decanting for about an hour. Enjoy over the next 7-10 years at about 18 C.

How it looks

How it smells

This inky purple wine is loaded with aromas of crushed blackberries, black cherry, and plum, highlighted with oak notes of campfire smoke, vanilla bean, and coffee. There are some elegant floral and herbal aromatics as well that emerge with air. It's elegant, complex, and worthy of savouring.

How it tastes

Bold and full-bodied, with powerful flavours of blackberry and blueberry. It's somehow simultaneously dense and jammy, yet surprisingly elegant and refined without ever becoming cloying. The finish is long and pure, with echoes of blue and black fruit, liquorice, and mocha, with a flinty minerality.

Recommended food pairing

This full-bodied red needs protein, so try with a butter-basted, pan-seared rib steak served with a simple jus and roast potatoes.

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