200 Points of Argentinian Magic - Ultra-Rare 2019s From Zuccardi
Located high in the Andes just outside Mendoza, Zuccardi makes utterly sublime wines. Its two flagship cuvees are the ultra-rare Piedra Infinita Supercal and Gravascal Malbecs, and each is magnificent in 2019, with perfect scores from the critics. They are wines that must be tasted to be believed, but with just over 1,000-1,400 bottles of each made few will get the chance. I am, therefore, delighted to have some to offer.
Zuccardi is a winery that makes you re-think everything you thought you knew about Argentinian wine. These top cuvees are the result of intensive mapping of the vineyards to identify the very best plots. They are minuscule, but the quality is exceptional and needs to be, as with no oak, there is nowhere for even the tiniest misstep to hide in these hauntingly pure wines. It shows huge confidence in the raw materials, which has been richly rewarded.
For Luis Gutierrez, the 100-point Supercal “achieved a level of precision, austerity, elegance and balance that is amazing”and is “approachable now because of its gobsmacking balance and elegance, but it has all the components and the balance between them to age for a long time in bottle.”Tim Atkin MW was equally impressed by the Gravascal, calling it “Truly world class, this is one of the two greatest young Argentinian wines I’ve ever tasted”and awarded it 100 points.
As mentioned, the plots from which these come are minute, so the output is correspondingly tiny.
2019 Zuccardi, Piedra Infinita Supercal / Gravascal Parcel
£940 per 6 bottle parcel in bond
Contains a 3 bottle OWC of each of the below:
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2019 Piedra Infinita Supercal – 100 points Luis Gutierrez
I’m splitting hairs here, because the level is so high in the Malbecs from the Piedra Infinita vineyard that it’s difficult to say, but the coup de coeur is the 2019 Finca Piedra Infinita Supercal, the single-plot bottling from the shallower soils with lots of rocks covered in calcium carbonate (hence the name: “superlime”). In a cooler year like 2019, this wine achieved a level of precision, austerity, elegance and balance that is amazing. The wine floats in the mouth, with an ethereal quality but with the clout and power from the place. The wine is juicy and fresh with a saline twist in the finish. This is approachable now because of its gobsmacking balance and elegance, but it has all the components and the balance between them to age for a long time in bottle. Bravo! 1,400 bottles were filled in June 2020. They told me that it’s always a challenge to decide the picking date for this plot, and they feel they hit the bull’s eye in 2019. And rightly so
. (2022) www.robertparker.com
2019 Piedra Infinita Gravascal – 100 points Tim Atkin MW
Gravascal is as brilliant as it is daring. Entirely concrete-fermented and aged, it’s hauntingly complex stuff, with tangerine and dark berry fruit, thrilling minerality and precision, filigree tannins and a finish that lasts for over a minute. Truly world class, this is one of the two greatest young Argentinian wines I’ve ever tasted.’ (2022)