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.
Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Typical alluvial soil, very heterogeneous, with calcareous rock layers of high volume at variable depths.
Fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats. Skin maceration after fermentation for 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in concrete and French oak barrels.
A rich and elegant wine with all the fruit flavours of Malbec, blackberry, plum, black cherry complemented by a touch of the savoury flavours of cabernet franc, mainly pepper and spice.