09 Mar Argentina with Soul
In a country that’s driven by the latest technology, it’s great to see this kind of terroir-driven wine. This wine is named Eggo after the fact that it’s fermented in huge concrete eggs. Winemakers in Argentina can be so technical, it’s good to know that there are still Argentine wines with soul.
2015 Zorzal Wines Eggo “Franco” Cabernet Franc, Mendoza, Argentina
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The second vintage I tasted from this Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Eggo Franco is produced, like many of their wines, with grapes from Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary. It fermented in cement eggs with some stems and with 50% of the wine kept in contact with skins for some three to four months, then pressed and put back in the eggs to complete its élevage, which lasted some nine months. It shows a mixture of herbal and candied berry aromas, hints of beef blood and iron. The absence of oak shows the naked tannins and provides an earthy side, which to me is very much the wild character of Gualtallary. 6,000 bottles were filled in December 2015 (it was harvested in March).
93 Points, The Wine Advocate