Viña Zorzal at Spanish Wine Lover

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Brothers Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz started this project with a 2007 Graciano but they almost immediately focused on recovering old Garnacha vineyards in the vicinity of Fitero in southern Navarra. The landscape in this area — encompassing the first foothills of the Sistema Ibérico mountain range— differs widely from the distinctive Ebro Valley flatlands, thus the wines show more freshness than expected in this subarea of DO Navarra known as Ribera Baja.

Viña Zorzal currently owns and grows 40 hectares, 25 of which are traditional Garnacha bush vines; the remaining land is planted with Graciano and Tempranillo, some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. Wines are made at the family winery in Corella which has been renamed Viña Zorzal. Garnacha-expert and winemaker Jorge Navascués from the neighboring region of Aragón consults for them.

The wine range offers outstanding value. It starts with two entry-level young Garnachas. The rosé (around 12,000 bottles, €6.5 in Spain) and red (60,000 bottles, €6.5) are followed by Viña Zorzal Graciano (35,000 bottles, around €7.5 in Spain) which is aged for five months in oak barrels.

For a little bit more, the range of single-vineyard Garnacha is highly rewarding, specially in the fresh, expressive 2013 vintage of which two new labels have bee released: Corral de los Altos (5,900 bottles, around €12 in Spain) is a fragrant, vibrant red coming from two stony plots located on a plateau exposed to the Cierzo, a northwest wind characteristic in the area and the more mineral Malayeto (11,000 bottles, €12) comes from a 2.3Ha plot planted at 520 metres of altitude on clay-sandy soils with stones on the surface. The top brand, Señora de las Alturas (3,000 bottles, €18), is a blend of the oldest Garnacha vines and 20% Graciano.

Total production is 180,000 bottles, 80% of which are sold abroad.

Via: Spanish Wine Lover