OT: Viña Zorzal Garnacha Viñas Viejas 2012


Another interesting Spanish red wine with an excellent quality/price ratio.

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          • Winery: Vinícola Corellana S. A. Corella (Navarra) España. 
          • Phone: +34 948 78 06 17
          • Winemaker: Mikel Sanz & Fernando Perez de Obanos.
          • Website: www.vinazorzal.com
          • Brand: Viña Zorzal Garnacha Viñas Viejas 2012 
          • DO: Navarra
          • Type: Red, 13.5%. Aged for 4 months in French-American oak barrels
          • Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha
          • Vineyard: Garnacha vines in the villages of Fitero and Corella averaging 50 years old and more-
          • Price: At the winery below 5.00€ 
          • My wine rating: 9.0/10

Vinícola Corellana was founded in 1989 in Corella, in the heart of Navarra’s Ribera Baja district. Ribera Baja is renowned for its fresh produce—including traditional Navarra grape varieties, most notably Garnacha.

Vina Zorzal Garnacha Vinas Viejas is obtained from Garnacha (Grenache) vines in the villages of Fitero and Corella averaging 50 years old and more. It is an intense red wine, fermented at relatively low temperature and given four months’ aging inin French-American oak barrels.

Zorzal, meaning ‘wood thrush’, is the brainchild of Antonio Sanz. Sanz had been in the wine industry for his entire life and founded his own bodega in 1989 in Navarra. Over the years, his three children have worked alongside him and eventually taken over. In 1998, Mikel Sanz, then an agricultural engineering student, and viticulturist Rafael Reverte came across the centenary garnacha vineyards that, despite having been neglected, showed great potential. They began the laborious work of refurbishing the vines without the use of herbicides or pesticides, working the soils and treating them with organic compost throughout winter and summer and drastically reducing the yields. Later in 2009, Viña Zorzal was created to showcase the indigenous varieties of Navarra, especially Garnacha, Graciano, Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Viña Zorzal is a family affair; brothers Xabi (Export Manager), Mikel (Vineyard Manager), and Iñaki (Project Manager) oversee all aspects of the estate. All wines are estate bottled, grown organically, fermented by native yeasts and aged four months.

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