Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018

Mendoza
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£16.50 per bottle
59 in stock

Luis Gutiérrez (robertparker.com) "There is a sense of purity in the 2018 Q Malbec that seems common to the whole portfolio here - wines that show precision, are clean and show no excess in any direction: ripeness, extraction or oak. It comes from Altamira and Chacayes, where 2018 was very balanced, and this is an exercise of blending over 100 components, as they ferment by soil even within the same vineyard. They fermented with different amounts of full clusters depending on the plot, perhaps 30% on average, and they fermented in concrete and with only 30% of the wine matured in used barriques. It's floral, expressive and perfumed, with a medium-bodied palate where the tannins are fine and there's some grip. The wine is serious but easy to drink. They want the wine to have a similar style to the top range: freshness, purity, cleanliness and texture that says it's from the Valle de Uco."

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Luis Gutiérrez (robertparker.com) "There is a sense of purity in the 2018 Q Malbec that seems common to the whole portfolio here - wines that show precision, are clean and show no excess in any direction: ripeness, extraction or oak. It comes from Altamira and Chacayes, where 2018 was very balanced, and this is an exercise of blending over 100 components, as they ferment by soil even within the same vineyard. They fermented with different amounts of full clusters depending on the plot, perhaps 30% on average, and they fermented in concrete and with only 30% of the wine matured in used barriques. It's floral, expressive and perfumed, with a medium-bodied palate where the tannins are fine and there's some grip. The wine is serious but easy to drink. They want the wine to have a similar style to the top range: freshness, purity, cleanliness and texture that says it's from the Valle de Uco."

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Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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Familia Zuccardi

Producer

It was Alberto Zuccardi who planted the first acre of vines in Maipú, Mendoza back in 1963. He may not have known it back then but Zuccardi Wines are now one of the most important names within the Argentinian winemaking industry. Now in the hands of the third generation of the Zuccardi family, it is Albertos grandson Sebastian Zuccardi who is in charge of the running of the winery and with his hard work ethic and dedication which he learnt fro his father Joseph he is pushing boundaries in creating wine of the highest standard. Positioned at the foot of the Andes, Zuccardi benefit from the combination of temperature ranges which create multiple terroirs, expressed through their wines by the skillfull hand of Sebastian who was voted ‘first of the top 10 winemakers in South America’ by Decanter magazine in 2017.

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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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