Sebastian Zuccardi, grandson of the founder, is now in charge at this trailblazing family winery. Rapidly establishing himself as one of the great winemaking talents of Argentina, he is determined to alter the world's perception of Malbec and evolve our understanding of what Mendoza has to offer. He talks of not seeking perfect wines, but those that express the place, the region. His vision is not altitude, it is terroir: terroir honed and shaped by the icy Andes flood waters whose power brought the rocks and boulders that now form the sub-soils of many of the very best vineyards. Frequently pictured waist deep in a muddy hole in one of these vineyards, these rocks not only form part of the vineyard but in their new winery, they form the building and the fermentation vessels. At the forefront of the movement towards greater fruit purity, Sebastian's wines are the most convincing argument for the use of concrete fermentation and ageing vessels and, as a result, for the movement towards a greater understanding of the potential of Malbec and of Argentina in general. Though we may be a little biased, it is fair to say that Sebastian is amongst the most influential young winemakers on the planet.
Grapes picked from vineyards in the Cafayate and Salta valleys. These Andes Valleys are the home to wines of elegance and character. This range of Valles wines are made with grapes grown in high altitude vineyards along the foothills of the Andes Mountains range.
Manual selection of bunches, before being destalked and crushed. They were fermented at 15 to 18 degrees Celsius with selected yeast. After fermentation the wine was stored on fine lees for 6 months.
This Torrontes, cultivated in the Salta Valleys of Argentina, is a fragrant, crisp and zingy white wine with flavours of lychee, orange peel and gentle spices.
Drink with spicy East Asian foods, particularly salads or sea food dishes.