2015 Viña Zorzal "Malayeto" Garnacha Navarra

SKU #1317206 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There are two new single vineyard Garnacha bottlings, starting with the impressive 2015 Malayeto, 2.39 hectares of vines averaging 35 years of age; the vines are planted at 520 meters altitude on limestone rich soils in the village of Fitero. It fermented in 3,500-liter French oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in French barriques for nine months. It's subtle, elegant and quite transparent, with a bright ruby color, a nose of red berries and spices and a sleek palate with marked flavors and a subdued minerality. A superb Garnacha for the price. 10,750 bottles were filled in December 2016.  (6/2017)

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Viña Zorzal produces a wide range of wines, though it is their Garnachas which truly stand out. This single vineyard bottling, from limestone soils in the village of Fitero, shows a nose of bright cherries and red plums, leading to juicy, crunchy fruit, with clean florals and mineral highlights. Super light on its feet, delicious Garnacha from near the border of Rioja in Navarra.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
Great Garnacha is not too hard to find in Spain these days. At every price point and from various regions, there is great stuff out there, though perhaps the most impressive development is the sort of pretty, brightly fruited, light on its feet wines which to many drinkers who remember, bring to mind an earlier era of Chateauneuf du Pape. I love the new Spanish Garnacha, and Zorzal's single vineyard Malayeto bottling really hits the spot: lively mixed berry fruits, juicy acidity and gentle tannins to support the wine make this Grenache incredibly easy to drink. Here's to the new Spanish Garnacha!

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14