Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita 2013

Mendoza
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£74.95 per bottle
11 in stock

97 Points - Luis Gutierrez (erobertparker.com)

If the 2012 was impressive, the 2013 Finca Piedra Infinita is otherworldy! There is high finesse here, pure, with more tension than in 2012. The nose is subtle, with the violets and the blueberries but also an herbal part, a vegetal side of aromatic herbs and also some subtle minerality. This is more restrained than exuberant. The finish is mineral, tasty and to the point of being almost salty, with tannins that remind you of pure chalk. The soil sensation here is greater than in the Aluvional Altamira and that's the main difference between the wines. This certainly goes beyond Malbec.

Taste & Aroma

Score:97

If the 2012 was impressive, the 2013 Finca Piedra Infinita is otherworldy! This comes form one very specific plot of 10-year-old vines planted at 7,000 plants per hectare in a section that was never planted in Altamira, a difficult section, with a very stony soils. Being virgin soils the roots go down very quickly and deep. This is also the chalkier part of Altamira. There is high finesse here, pure, with more tension than in 2012. The nose is subtle, with the violets and the blueberries but also an herbal part, a vegetal side of aromatic herbs and also some subtle minerality. This is more restrained than exuberant. The finish is mineral, tasty and to the point of being almost salty, with tannins that remind you of pure chalk. The soil sensation here is greater than in the Aluvional Altamira and that's the main difference between the wines. This certainly goes beyond Malbec.

Luis Gutierrez on Aug 28th, 2015

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Region

Mendoza was the first wine growing area in Latin America and today is still one of the largest in the world, with over 75% of Argentine wine coming from this region. It is a vast and extremely varied region and the key to producing seriously high quality wines this close to the equator is altitude – the higher the vineyard the cooler the nights and it is this which is hugely beneficial to acidity and colour as well as achieving specific wine flavours. Malbec is the most influential grape planted here, however local varieties such as Criolla Grande and Cereza account for over a quarter of the plantings across the vineyards. After Malbec, the next most important grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. These varieties do well here, in the semi-desert conditions. Mendoza has four distinct seasons but due to the soil conditions mixed with the warm summers, it must be irrigated.

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Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.

Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Espeically good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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