Malayeto Garnacha

2018

100% Garnacha sourced from a single vineyard with stony soils in Fitero; average vine age is 35 years. This site is located at an elevation of 520m.

Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in large wooden vats; aged 9 months in 225L used French oak.

94 points
"The single-vineyard Garnacha 2016 Malayeto comes from 2.39 hectares of vines averaging 35 years of age in the village of Fitero at 520 meters in altitude on limestone soils. It's a bright ruby colored red, wine with tons of spices, herbs, flowers, notes of bay leaf, thyme and a bright personality. It has a light to medium-bodied palate with unnoticeable oak (it matured in well-seasoned, neutral oak foudres and barrels), with complex stone minerality, a dry and long finish. This is really delicious and a very good value, possibly the freshest of the six Garnachas I tasted from them. Some 12,000 bottles were filled in March 2018. This is a real bargain, one to buy by the case."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, #240
94 points
""The really impressive and mineral 2018 Malayeto was produced with Garnacha from a single vineyard that produces wine of unusual elegance and minerality. This was the first plot they bottled separately, and this 2018 is the sixth vintage they have produced. It's a 2.9-hectare plot planted 40 years ago, on the same slope as Corral de los Altos but at a higher altitude and therefore with different soils, surprisingly deep but with lots of calcium carbonate and fine gravel. This fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in a 4,000-liter oak foudre and nine used 500-liter oak barrels for nine months. This wine clearly transcends its price. It's serious but started quite shy and needed time to open up (it's extremely young and just bottled), but there is great purity and detail, and it's elegant and balanced, extremely harmonious. The palate is incredibly elegant, seamless, balanced, with very fine tannins, great integration of the oak and very good freshness, with citrus-like freshness (think blood orange skin). Most of the time, this is my go-to wine in Zorzal's portfolio, a wine of great !nesse in its !nest vintage to date. 11,300 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020.""
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, #248/April 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB2526-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Garnacha
Farming Type: 
Organic