2021 Zuccardi, Fósil, Uco Valley, Argentina

2021 Zuccardi, Fósil, Uco Valley, Argentina

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2021 Zuccardi, Fósil, Uco Valley, Argentina

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2021 seems like a very good vintage at Zuccardi, and they consider it a superb year for whites. The 2021 Fósil has lower alcohol (12.8%) and a sharper profile and is austere, young and subtle with a seamless palate with great freshness, balance and elegance. In this cooler year, they used more oak, because they feel that the wine needs more oxygen in cooler years and less in warmer ones.

So, this 2019 fermented and matured equal parts in concrete and used 500-liter oak barrels for around eight months. But the wine shows no oak, and certainly no more than the 2020 I tasted next to it, but the two vintages show different profiles. This should develop nicely in bottle. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2021.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (November 2022)

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Wine Advocate96/100

2021 seems like a very good vintage at Zuccardi, and they consider it a superb year for whites. The 2021 Fósil has lower alcohol (12.8%) and a sharper profile and is austere, young and subtle with a seamless palate with great freshness, balance and elegance. In this cooler year, they used more oak, because they feel that the wine needs more oxygen in cooler years and less in warmer ones.

So, this 2019 fermented and matured equal parts in concrete and used 500-liter oak barrels for around eight months. But the wine shows no oak, and certainly no more than the 2020 I tasted next to it, but the two vintages show different profiles. This should develop nicely in bottle. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2021.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (November 2022)

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James Suckling95/100

Tangy and focused nose, effusing mineral allures, lime juice and green apples. Very bright and chalky palate, seeped with a waterfall of fresh acidity. Zingy, nimble and medium-bodied white with lots of purity and drive in the mouthwatering finish. Pure, focused and super delicious with a mineral finish. Irresistible now.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (November 2022)

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Vinous97/100

The 2021 Chardonnay Fósil from San Pablo, Uco Valley was 30% aged in 500-liter barrels, the rest in concrete. Yellow in the glass. The nose offers notes of linden blossom, apple, country herbs and a hint of huacatay, a mountain herb. Dry in the mouth with a chalky feel and expansive freshness that brings nuance and depth; the flow is ethereal and saline while the finish lingers at leisure. The conditions that year really helped to dial up the quality, surpassing previous vintages. A complex, refined expression, tight like the best bands and continuing the austere spirit with which Fósil made its name.

Drink 2022 - 2031

Joaquin Hidalgo, Vinous.com (August 2022)

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About this WINE

Familia Zuccardi

Familia Zuccardi

Familia Zuccardi, also known as Zuccardi Valle de Uco, is a family-owned winery in Argentina. It was founded in 1963 by Alberto Zuccardi, an engineer who planted his first vineyard in Maipú, Mendoza, to demonstrate a new irrigation system he had developed. Over the years, the winery has evolved under the stewardship of the Zuccardi family, now managed by the third generation, with Sebastián Zuccardi leading the way.

Familia Zuccardi produces a diverse range of wines, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and various white varietals. Their portfolio includes iconic wines such as the Zuccardi Q series, Zuccardi Tito, and the Zuccardi Finca series, highlighting specific vineyard sites and micro-terroirs. The winery is committed to minimal intervention in the winemaking process, often utilising natural fermentation techniques to showcase the fruit's purity and the terroir's character.

At the heart of Familia Zuccardi's philosophy is a focus on research and development, constantly exploring new techniques and grape varieties to enhance the quality and uniqueness of their wines. Their terroir-driven approach aims to express the unique characteristics of the Uco Valley's diverse soils and climates.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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