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Viña Zorzal 'Corral de los Altos' Garnacha, Navarra 2020

  • $26.00
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Grenache and Garnacha

Viña Zorzal is located in the Southern part of the Navarra DO, very close to the border of Rioja. Founded by Antonio Sanz in in 1989, the guiding principles here have always been sustainability and a return to historical grape varieties. With the coming of age of Antonio's three sons, Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel, the winery Viña Zorzal (aka “thrush", like the bird) was born. Like so many father/son stories, the children have adopted the idea of the father and taken it further. The farming is now organic with cover crops between rows and the focus is on making higher quality, site specific wines that respect history but also look to a brighter future. They make a series of single varietal wines focusing on native Navarran grapes. Most of the 40 ha vineyards are in pure rocky stony soils (rather than the overcropped flats of Navarra).  

  • Farming: Organic
  • Terroir: This wine comes from the northern parcel, on rocky soil, located on the top of a high plateau where the northerly "cierzo" wind places a key role. Very different to the parcel located to its south, on clay-based soil, and separated from the first by native flora that we are actively recuperating. 2.1 ha, 43+ years old.
  • Winemaker: Mikel Sanz, Javier Colio & Jorge Navascués.
  • Variety: 100% Garnacha.
  • Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in 3.000-liter stainless steel tanks, using just indigenous yeast, malolactic fermentation and 9 months ageing in 500-liter, second-use French barrels.
  • TASTING NOTES: Clean, high intensity fresh aromas of black fruit such us blackberry, blackcurrant, also black pepper, cedar and earthy notes. Dry and fresh, soft tannins and medium body. Black fruit flavours, mineral hints and a long finish.
  • SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Ideal accompaniment for cured ham, stews, game and meat dishes.