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Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra 2020
Red Wine from Spain
An evocative Spanish red which expresses the wild, herby character of graciano. The team at Zorzal have made a terrific example in 2020 which is juicy and round.
Price: £9.75 Bottle
Price: £58.50 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Now to 2024
- 13.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
Antonio Sanz founded this estate in April 1989, with the help of two of his friends and fellow wine lovers, and it has gone on to achieve great popularity, particularly for its work with the lesser-known graciano grape native to the Navarra region. It is now run by the second generation of the Sanz family, brothers Xabi and Iñaki, who oversee sales and winemaking respectively. The brothers have injected a new lease of life into the portfolio, and were both responsible for creating the highly successful Zorzal wine range.
The modern winery is in the village of Corella, in the Ribero Baja area of Navarra, the region which borders Rioja. It is a fertile area known for its wine, fruit and farming, with a Mediterranean climate and sun-drenched slopes bordering the river Ebro, making for excellent grape growing conditions.
The Sanz family has 70 hectares of vines, some of which – including the graciano and garnacha used for the Zorzal range we buy – are over 35 years old. As well as graciano and garnacha, the estate grows tempranillo, mazuelo, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
In the winery, the team works hard to preserve the natural fruity character of its wines. To that end, the wines are fermented in stainless-steel tanks and the garnacha remains completely unoaked, whereas the graciano spends just four months in French oak.
Read moreWonderfully juicy lightly spiced red fruited graciano from the often-forgotten Navarra region, currently the source of fantastic value wines compared to its neighbour Rioja. I have often written about...Wonderfully juicy lightly spiced red fruited graciano from the often-forgotten Navarra region, currently the source of fantastic value wines compared to its neighbour Rioja. I have often written about Vina Zorzal’s garnacha, but the Sanz family’s dynamic modern winery in Corella village also makes superb lightly oaked graciano too.
Belfast News Letter
Read more... smooth and well-structured ... A light-bodied, juicy palate with berry and cherry flavours which are nicely balanced by firm tannins gives way to a lingering finish with black pepper and earthy...... smooth and well-structured ... A light-bodied, juicy palate with berry and cherry flavours which are nicely balanced by firm tannins gives way to a lingering finish with black pepper and earthy spices. A natural match to goose, should you be planning such festive feasts.
Round & About
Read moreGraciano isn’t a grape you see adorning a label that often. It’s a problematic vine as it’s easily affected by rot and doesn’t give great yields, which is not exactly a recipe for commercial success. It...Graciano isn’t a grape you see adorning a label that often. It’s a problematic vine as it’s easily affected by rot and doesn’t give great yields, which is not exactly a recipe for commercial success. It is, however, capable of brilliance, as this shows. Inky in colour, this lip-staining beauty is powerful, concentrated, and glorious. Packed to the gunnels with flavours of cooked blackberries, redcurrants, and spices, its bright acidity stops it from becoming overwhelming or cloying. At this price, it’s a wine to buy by the case and partner with hearty, mid-week suppers.
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