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Viña Zorzal Malayeto 2019

Viña Zorzal Malayeto

2019
94
PARKER
94
PEÑÍN

£16.50

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

The Viña Zorzal Malayeto is made from the fruit of old Grenache bush vines in Finca Malayeto, a 2.4 hectare plot in Fitero in the Ribera Baja region, which forms part of the Navarre appellation. Influenced by a continental climate rather than a Mediterranean one, this vineyard is one of the oldest in Navarre where vines manage to survive thanks to their roots digging deep through the stony soils to look for water. Rainfall permeates the soil and the stones help retain the heat on sunny days. The soil is also made up of chalk, clay, limestone and even volcanic basalt.

Open and expressive on the nose, Malayeto is a natural wine without fancy make-up; what we would call a true wine. Aromas of fresh fruit and almost jam-like ripe fruits, with the usual sweet background found in Grenache wines. It has hints of minerals as well as wild Mediterranean forest, balsamic, and fine wood notes. Flowery sensations of juicy and crunchy fruit, such as ripe pears, make this an extremely complete wine.

Fruity, serious, complex, and balanced on the nose; intense and quite concentrated on the palate but with an exuberance and acidity which helps the wine glide around the mouth. A fleshy and extremely well-produced wine.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meats, Barbecues, Duck with red fruits, Game dishes

Ratings and awards

201994 PK94 PN
201894 PK93 PN
201790 PN
201694 PK16.5 JR91 PN
201592 PK92 PN
201493 PN
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The really impressive and mineral 2018 Malayeto was produced with Garnacha from a single vineyard that produces wine of unusual elegance and minerality. This was the first plot they bottled separately, and this 2018 is the sixth vintage they have produced. It's a 2.9-hectare plot planted 40 years ago, on the same slope as Corral de los Altos but at a higher altitude and therefore with different soils, surprisingly deep but with lots of calcium carbonate and fine gravel. This fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in a 4,000-liter oak foudre and nine used 500-liter oak barrels for nine months. This wine clearly transcends its price. It's serious but started quite shy and needed time to open up (it's extremely young and just bottled), but there is great purity and detail, and it's elegant and balanced, extremely harmonious. The palate is incredibly elegant, seamless, balanced, with very fine tannins, great integration of the oak and very good freshness, with citrus-like freshness (think blood orange skin). Most of the time, this is my go-to wine in Zorzal's portfolio, a wine of great finesse in its finest vintage to date. 11,300 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/04/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 94 PARKER

Tasted blind. Pale intensity. Elegant and delicate red fruits on the nose. On the palate, it is ethereal and light, with precise sappy tannins, packed with sweet fruit sensation. Sincerely pleasant to drink, with a refreshing and thrilling mineral finish. This is a genius interpretation of Garnacha. GV - Good value.

— Ferran Centelles (10/12/2020)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2019 - 18 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

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The winery

Viña Zorzal

Viña Zorzal

Back in 1989 Antonio Sanz finally fulfilled his dream of creating his own wines in Navarre after a long career working in the world of wine production. Years later, in 2007, his sons continued his dream by setting up the Viña Zorzal winery based on their father's philosophy of taking the utmost care of vines in order to make excellent wines. Viña Zorzal Wines, dedicated to producing wines in the DO Navarra and DOC Rioja regions, was born with the...

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