"An iron fist in a velvet glove" (JS) - 98 Point Malbec From A Benchmark Producer
“The wines are phenomenal… they are at the very top of the pyramid of the quality producers from Argentina… they might very well be the finest producer in Argentina at the moment.”
– Luis Gutierrez on Zuccardi
We are thrilled to offer our allocation of the 2020 Zuccardi Piedra Infinita Malbec. Pure, precise and very fine, this is one of the finest examples of this grape currently in production, this is a tiny production gem from one of South America’s best producers.
Zuccardi’s wines are stellar and the quality has soared in recent years under the visionary winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi. He has spent years tirelessly mapping all of the terroirs and microclimates under his care and focuses on the very best plots for these micro-production single-vineyard bottlings. He then allows the wines to shine, as Luis Gutierrez says, “The level of precision here is amazing” and “The Malbecs from Piedra Infinita are very transparent”.
The 2020 is excellent. For Gutierrez, this is worthy of 98 points, the same score as James Suckling, who calls it “Super pristine, polished and refined. An iron fist in a velvet glove”.
Quantities available are tiny, so please do let us know at your earliest if you would like any secured:
2020 Zuccardi, Piedra Infinita
6cs (3*75cl OWC) @ £285 per case in bond
98 points Luis Gutierrez
They used more grapes from places with a little more soil and resistance to heat and dry conditions in a warmer year like 2020 for the 2020 Finca Piedra Infinita, which feels very young, primary and undeveloped. They have 46 separate plots in the vineyard, and in this early harvest, they started picking earlier than ever but during the harvest still felt they were too late; but the wines show much better than anticipated. Having the palette of wines to choose from helps in warmer years, when it’s more difficult to keep the freshness in the wine, which for them is one of the most important things. It really feels very young and better than expected. They told me they learned a lot from 2017 to manage a year like 2020, when they do a shorter maceration (and in cooler years, they might do a longer maceration). This is gentler than the 2019, with rounder tannins. 8,500 bottles were filled in June 2021.
98 points James Suckling
Such a profound nose with plenty of mineral, wild herb, violet and dark cherry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied on the palate with plenty of seamless and powdery tannins which melt into the fruit. Super pristine, polished and refined. An iron fist in a velvet glove. Muscular but intellectual. Better after 2025
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available Q1 2024.
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