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Simple but oh so delicious Spanish red from a dynamic young team. Unoaked to let the fresh fruit of the garnacha grape shine, this flavoursome find from next door to Rioja has plump red-berry fruit, modest weight and bags of charm. A gem with grilled meats or paprika-spiked paella.
Product Code: QVG-SP15001
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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.
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Decanter 1st Feb 2020
"Bright and beautiful
garnacha in unoaked, uninhibitedly fruit-driven mode, with finger-staining
bright berry fruitiness and a soft and supple palate that scores very highly on
the flavour-per-pound scale. 88/100 David Williams"
Rotherham Advertiser 6th Jan 2020
"Smooth, juicy black
and red fruits in this easy-quaffing unoaked garnacha. This shows what good
value Navarra Garnacha can be. - David Clay"
"Had this with wine with Roast Pork, really very nice, very drinkable. Lovely fruity notes with subtle spice. "
Mrs Joanna J Perry (12-Aug-2019)
"I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this at all. The past review that called it one-dimensional seems true."
Mr David B Ronaldson (10-Apr-2019)
"Poor thin wine that I wouldn't buy again
Mr Owen Duffy (21-Mar-2019)
"Simply a fine tasting wine and very smooth. Can highly recommend. "
Mr Paul Cartledge (14-Mar-2019)
"Pleasant single varietal Garnacha. Nothing remarkable, doesn't really stand out. Still, a very enjoyable and quaffable wine. Would recommend as a flexible accompaniment to a number of situations."
Mr Will Barry (24-Dec-2018)
"I really like this grower, check out their website. This garnacha is Lovely. Lots of fruit balanced by just the right amount of tannin. At £7 it's an absolute bargain. "
Mr Richard Hadfield (16-Dec-2018)
"Ordered this a couple of times - reliable and very pleasant to drink, either with or without food. "
Mr Michael Ahlquist (30-Nov-2018)
"Vibrant light ruby colour. Nose of tinned cherries, cinnamon or star anise. On the palate, light to medium bodied. Red fruits predominantly. Short finish and sandy finish. Quite high acidity. First try of a single varietal Garnacha/Grenache."
Mr Ming Yao Chong (28-Oct-2018)
The Observer (12th May 2019)
have really got to grips with their own stock of old grenache (aka garnacha)
vines in the past decade, and the results can be supremely good value, as in
the effortlessly lithe juiciness of Zorzal’s unoaked beauty from the north
western region of Navarra. - David Williams"
JancisRobinson.com (20th Mar 2019)
pure Garnacha. Tangy fruit, pure and deliciously straightforward. Rounded in
fruit and texture but finishes fresh and surprisingly long. - Julia Harding"
The Scotsman (6th Jan 2018)
"I would highly
recommend their humble basic unoaked Garnacha 2016 from old vines grown on
alluvial gravel and clay at 380m altitude. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Great value. As a professional reviewer commented this has "smooth juicy crunchy black and red fruits in this light easy-quaffing unoaked Garnacha." This perfectly captures my experience of this great value wine. Perfect for summer drinking I would suggest lightly chilled like a gamay."
Mr Peter J Holmes (11-Jun-2017)
"Georgeous cherry colour and decent nose, a little bit overpowering in the acidity stakes, but for the money a decent grenache."
Mr John Wigglesworth (18-May-2017)
"A big hit in our house. The short but sweet WS description hits the nail on the head, and at this price is amazing value.
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (29-Dec-2016)
The Mail on Sunday (11th Sep 2016)
"Wildy poised between
juicy and svelte with butch chewy fruit - a splendid summer red.- Olly Smith"
The Scotsman (23rd Apr 2016)
value buy: Tasters loved the smooth juicy crunchy black and red fruits in
this light easy-quaffing unoaked Garnacha.
This shows what good value Navarra Garnacha can be. A fantastic buy at under £7
- Rose Murray Brown
"Nice midweek wine but quite one dimensional, plenty of sharp black fruit flavours with fine tannins and a hint of spice. Lighter bodied that I expected. Nothing exceptional here but decent given the price tag."
Mr Anthony McKerr (25-Feb-2016)
"Nice but ordinary. Sharp redcurrants all the way."
Mr Jason Mossman (10-Feb-2016)
"It's difficult to imagine a more 1 dimensional wine than this. Its Spanish wine at its most average. Fruity, smooth and summery. It reminds me of what we drank in Ibiza after a night of wild partying when our faculties were less discerning. Probably a very good Sangria wine!"
Mr James Brown (14-Dec-2015)
"Wow. This is fabulous stuff. Just bought a sample bottle to try but must immediately purchase more. I can't recall buying a wine at this price point that has such character. For me, lovely notes of cedar and blackcurrants, and a perfect accompaniment to my (Italian) mother's recipe of pasta with lamb, garlic and parsley. An absolute steal."
Mr Peter Holpin (13-Nov-2015)
"Really enjoyable wine, it's fruity, smooth and very drinkable - punches well above its £6.50 price tag."
Mr David Mitchell (10-Aug-2015)
"This is beautiful and I think it's bordering on the lines of full bodied rather than medium. Very rich and fruity. Great table wine I'll be buying plenty of this. Only opened it for a glass with our meal and then the bottle was empty."
Mr John Lund (08-Jul-2015)
JancisRobinson.com (9th Dec 2015)
fruit and fine balance. Candied but lovely. - Richard Hemming MW"
The Guardian (8th Aug 2015)
"At a recent Navarra
tasting, [winemaker] Xabi Sanz told me that his basic, unoaked, juicy…
Garnacha... is the wine he chooses to drink every day. - Fiona Beckett"
"A well made wine. Reminds me of a cheaper end Ribera del Duero (no bad thing). Maybe a touch austere for some, benefits from opening for an hour or two and doesn't want to be drunk too cold."
Mr Kevin Barry (06-Mar-2015)
"A thoroughly delicious and moreish Grenache that was full of flavour - fine on its own, but perhaps a good foil to grilled meat dishes. Highly recommended!"
Mr Gary Davison (26-Jan-2015)
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