Zorzal Terroir Unico Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina, South America
This hand harvested, single vineyard from Gualtallary is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and is completely un-oaked which creates a crisp and balanced wine with passion fruit shining through. Notes of orange blossom and Jasmine with under currents of lime hit the nose that leads into a bright,balanced, yet rich mouthfeel with great minerality, crushed rock, and chalky components. An amazing long finish of citrus, passion fruit, and a flinty character lingers.
The Wine Advocate - "The harvest for the 2012 Terroir Unico Sauvignon Blanc was carried out to exacting standards: four “tries” through the vineyard a la Sauternes that, to paraphrase the Michelinis, are in order to view the vintage as a movie rather than a single picture. It has a very precise bouquet with dewy green apples, smoke and a touch of gooseberry – very Loire-like in style. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity. It is superbly balanced with tangible minerality towards the finish. This is life affirming, tensile Sauvignon."
Founded in 2007, Zorzal is devoted to the production of luxury wines. In 2008, the winery completed production under contract, and in 2009, completed the first vintage on new state-of-the-art equipment.
The highest winery in Mendoza, Zorzal sits on a 70 hectare parcel (175 acres) of prime land in the heard of one of the finest wine growing regions in the world: the Uco Valley, 130 miles south of the city of Mendoza. Zorzal is a collaboration of Argentine owners and operators and Canadian investors. View all Zorzal Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.