Tense Malbec – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Tense Malbec


Sebastian Zuccardi uses no oak and no cultured yeasts to make this wine, a stunningly fresh, zesty malbec. Sourced from a vineyard at 3,600 feet in altitude, where there’s plenty of calcareous stone in the alluvial scree, it feels almost Burgundian in its combination of complexity and transparency. Give it a decant before you serve it, as it takes time for the wine to shake off its initial tension; then will it blossom, with notes of fir trees, stones and fresh-picked blackberries.

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Zuccardi 2019 Paraje Altamira Poligonos del Valle de Uco Malbec

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is W&S’s executive editor and covers the wines of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and Argentina for the magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of October 2020.
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