Zorzal 'Eggo Filoso', Pinot Noir 2016

Zorzal 'Eggo Filoso', Pinot Noir 2016

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A fresh Pinot Noir defined by the chalky soil of its origin, vibrant and sharp on the palate giving rise to its name of Filoso (sharp in Spanish).

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Argentina

Region - Mendoza

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley. Hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina, the terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this highly regarded winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.

The grapes are grown in a specifically limey patch of a plot in the drip irrigated vineyards in Gualtallary, located in one of Argentina's most outstanding vine growing valleys: the Uco Valley. Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea-level in the highest vine growing zone at the foot of Tupungato volcano, one of the highest peaks in the Andes. This zone is characterised by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 17°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit.

Carefully selected, whole grapes with their stalks were placed in the cement egg, without crushing, in order to create an alcoholic fermentation inside the grape, known as carbonic maceration. After the fermentation was complete, the grapes were pressed and the wine extracted was combined with the free-run juice. The egg was refilled and the wine remained in it for at least six months. The bottling took place directly from the egg to the bottle, without any intervention to stabilise or filter the wine.

An intense Pinot Noir, in which the calcareous terroir is perfectly distinct with aromas of gunpowder, graphite and chalk. On the palate it has an incredible texture, electric and sharpness, from which it gained its name of Filoso (sharp) in Spanish. A wine of great length and persistence. A great match with fish, as well as pasta, sweetbreads and cheeses.