Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza 2017 | Full blast of berry goodness!
The Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza 2017 is 100% Malbec. Great structure and volume, silky body with textured tannins. The acidity gives it a lot of freshness, making it a very direct wine.
94 Points – Wine Advocate | The mouthfeel of the Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza 2017 was like biting into a piece of chalk (“tiza” is the Spanish word for chalk), the texture provided by the limestone-rich soils from Gualtallary, especially in the higher part of this large region. This wine is not about the varieties (it’s a blend to start with) but about the place, the soils, the local vegetation, the austerity, and the wilderness.
93WE – Editors Choice | This red delivers a full blast of berry fruit aromas along with savory notes of beef stew and fine herbs. Like the nose, this tastes herbal and savory. In terms of feel, it is solid in stature but brightened by bold acidity. Drink through 2024+.
Egg Shaped Fermentation
The curious egg-shaped fermentation vats caught our eye even before the snow-capped Andean vistas. Introduced by Rhône legend Michel Chapoutier, the “eggs” are a cornerstone of the Michelini brothers’ winemaking strategy.
“Without any corners, egg vats create smoother flow and better uniformity,” Juan Pablo Michelini told us. “That circulation creates richer mouthfeel. The eggs regulate temperature better. The surface of concrete means you get millions of microscopic pockets of oxygen, which improves tannins. Also,” Michelini said, grinning, “they look cool!”
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But you won’t be thinking about that distinct shape and method once Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza 2017 crosses your lips. So precise, elegant, and light on its feet—a stark contrast to some of Mendoza’s fuller, riper, heavily-oaked styles of Malbec. Drink now.
Zorzal & Michelini Brother Winemakers
The Michelini brothers’ Zorzal Eggo Tinto De Tiza 2017 upends old notions of Argentinian reds. And racks up 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate while doing so. The brothers’ creativity “seems to have no limits” gushes the Advocate. While also praising this finely-cut Malbec-dominated blend from red, chalky soils “incredible for the price.”
The highest winery in Mendoza, Zorzal sits on a 70-hectare parcel (175 acres) of prime land in the heart 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 between Argentine owners and operators and Canadian investors.