Grapes are harvested by hand, they are picked early to preserve acidity and therefore freshness in the wines. Grapes are cold macerated then gently pressed and just the free run juice is collected. Fermentation, with natural yeasts is in stainless steel at a maximum of 15c. After fermentation the wine settles and bottles without fining or filtration and using only minimal amounts of sulphur. This is a Chardonnay to convert even the non Chardonnay drinker out there. No oak just peachy, juicy and fresh. Lovely wine.
Notes on the producer
Lying in the south of Navarra, Viña Zorzal is a project run by three brothers who inherited the estate from their parents. The have been recuperating old vineyards and focusing on high altitude, bush-vine fruit. Their signature is a bright and juicy Garnacha Joven, packed with red fruits and great freshness. They're also making some impressive single vineyard wines from old vines which seriously over-deliver for the price. The family have a clear commitment and respect for their environment, and practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture: they don’t plough the vineyards, all processes are carried out manually, they use selected native plants for ground cover and fertilise with compost not chemicals.