Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Malbec 2015
Argentina / Mendoza
Andy's Tasting Notes
Oh wow! Beauty and the Beast – all the wild and savage power of Malbec tamed to give you a multi-nuanced wine of breathtaking precision and focus. So many flavours, scents and underlying minerality. Truly world class.
98pts Wine Advocate, June 2018
As with the whole collection of 2015s from the high end, the single-vineyard 2015 Finca Piedra Infinita reveals a gobsmacking selection from shallow soils that produce super austere Malbec wines with reticent noses, with more influence from the vinification with full clusters and less oak than ever. The palate shows marked influence from the limestone soils. As I’ve seen in some of these top reds from Argentina, this is not about the variety at all, it’s about the soils. And in this case, the wine even seems to transcend the vintage character, as their work has gained so much in precision that the wines are better every year. Where will the limit be? 2015 was not an easy year, yet the wine is better than ever. With time in the glass, the aromas that emerge are more about the herbs in the countryside than fruit – rock rose, thyme, etc. It has to be the finest wine I have ever tasted from Zuccardi. Beautiful. Drink 2018 – 2030. 5,000 bottles were filled in December 2016. Luis Gutierrez
2016 vintage will be due in within the next 4 – 6 weeks. If you’d like to be informed when it arrives please email us via the “Ask Andy about this wine”.
Price per bottle £82.00
7 in stock
Some years before 1950, engineer Alberto ‘Tito’ Zuccardi arrived in Mendoza from Tucumán, the small province in northwest Argentina where his Italian grandparents had settled many years before. He began experimenting with new irrigation systems because, back then as is the case today, water management is strategic due to its scarcity. In 1963 he planted a vineyard in the Maipú region, aiming to show other neighbouring farmers how his irrigation system worked, not realising at the time that this would be the beginning of his life’s passion.
Today Bodega Zuccardi Valle de Uco is led by Sebastián Zuccardi. Following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Alberto and his Father, José, Sebastián’s aim is to create wines of great purity, firmly rooted in the terroirs of the Uco Valley, in the shadow of the Andes Mountains.
Located in the Paraje Altamira, in the shadow of the Andes Mountains, the Zuccardi winery was designed to reflect the surrounding landscape. It was built as a tribute to the austere and solemn mountains that define the climate and the soils of the region. The construction is part of the landscape, made using materials sourced from the estate and the nearby Tunuyan River. It is composed of concrete from the outside to the inside, from the stone walls, oblique and imposing, to the concrete vats in which are the wines aged.
The Zuccardi family mission is to establish working policies which minimise the impact on the environment and which can contribute to the overall awareness of environmental issues in society today. They base all their decisions, for both production and distribution processes, on a respect for the soil, the air, the flora and fauna, and the whole community. They are focusing towards sustainable agriculture, co-existing with nature without damaging it. They keep a comprehensive waste recycling policy and they incorporate the use of alternative energy sources into the production systems.
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