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Argentina, Mendoza

Familia Zuccardi

Zuccardi Q Chardonnay 2015

Zuccardi Q Chardonnay 2015 impressive for its fruit purity & length

Tasting Notes

March 2018 - One most dramatic changes to the portfolio has been with the Chardonnay, which is reflected in the 2015 Zuccardi Q Chardonnay. What was once an oak driven, fuller bodied style, somewhat four square, has now turned into a fresher, more vibrant offering with clean fruit tones showcasing minerality and acidity, a perfect foil for food or even on its own. Using concrete vats and larger, neutral barrels and keeping the wine from going through malo-lactic fermentation has produced a wine with clean and precise flavors with an undercurrent of brisk acidity says that this should age for a number years, although it’s showing well as we speak.

Food Accompaniments

pasta in a light white cream sauce, chicken, shellfish


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #228 Dec 2016
The 2015 Q Chardonnay fermented in concrete vats and well-seasoned 500-liter oak barrels (30%), from grapes mostly from Gualtallary and some from El Peral (roughly 20%), both in the department of Tupungato in the Uco Valley. They have slowly changed the style--the whole clusters are pressed without any protection (read sulfur) and put to ferment, half in cement, half in 500-liter barrels. The wine does not go through malolactic and matures for one year in the barrels before bottling. It has 13.5% alcohol and noticeable acidity (close to eight grams) with a low pH, which should help it age slowly in bottle. There is great purity and precision, a sharp Chardonnay with very little effect of the oak, just a spicy twist, a wine that incites you to drink with effervescent acidity that makes you salivate and cleanses your palate. Great, sharp Chardonnay.
92 pts James Suckling
A chardonnay with a dense palate yet remains fresh and agile. Full body, excellent acidity and a stony character. Salty. Serious white. 50% cement and 50% used oak fermentation and aging. 12 months aging. Drink or hold.



Winemaker Notes

Light yellow color with green hues. It shows notes of white floral and fruits such as peaches, pears and apples; also some herbal notes. Fresh in the mouth, great acidity and attractive mineral character. Great and long finish.



Chemical Analysis

Price

SKU

Varietal

13.5% alcohol by volume

$17.99

13045

Chardonnay


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