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Zorah - Karasi Areni Noir 2018

Red Wine from Armenia
Price: £27.95
Case Rate: £26.66
Ex Tax: £20.79
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Wine Maker: Zorik Gharibian
Grape: Areni Noir
Grape Percentage: 100% Areni Noir
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes
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Wine Maker: Zorik Gharibian
Grape: Areni Noir
Grape Percentage: 100% Areni Noir
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes

Description

Jane Macqitty - 50 Red Wines fo Summer, The Times 4th July 2020

My favourite Red, six thousand years of winemaking tradition lie behind this utterly delicious red, made from areni noir grapes grown in vineyards overlooked by Mount Araratt. With extraordinary oomph and elegance, this is a violet-perfumed, tannic, herby, truffley wallop of a wine.

Wine tasting notes

This wine has aromas of lightly spiced red fruits. The palate reflects the nose with hints of red fruits interwoven with an earthy savouriness and dried herbs. The palate is full bodied and generous with vibrant chalky tannins and a touch of graphite on a long mineral finish.

Winery information

Zorah

Zorik Gharibian planted six hectares of the native Areni grape variety in the Yeghegnadzor valley in southeastern Armenia in 2006, under the guidance of Italian viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei. The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 1,370 metres, close to Mount Ararat and two kilometres from what archaeologists are saying is the oldest winery in the world, dating back 6,100 years. Because of the area?s isolation, the vines are ungrafted, as phylloxera has never reached this part of Armenia.The wine is made under the guidance of Alberto Antonini. ?I was struck by the superb conditions when I first visited the area?, says Alberto. ?The altitude gives cool nights and a long growing season, so we don?t harvest until the end of October. It is very dry with intense sunlight and the stony, low vigour soil. It is one of the most exciting projects I?ve ever been involved with.? Zorik is part of the seven million Armenian diaspora (there are just three million people living in Armenia). He was born in Iran into an Armenian family that had fled the country in 1915. His parents sent him to the Armenian school in Venice when the Iranian revolution took place. He stayed in Italy and built a successful enough fashion business to pursue a passion and invest over ?1 million in this project.The simple winery has stainless steel tanks, round cement tanks and some French and Armenian oak. Alberto, however, now prefers amphorae for ageing, as the polymerisation that they facilitate ensures a supple and sinewy wine. Indeed, the word ?Karas?? means ?amphora? in Armenian.

Vinification notes

Grapes were selected in the vineyard and harvested by hand. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, the micro oxygenation in the concrete being similar to that of the traditional clay amphorae ‘karas’ in which the wine is then aged for around 12 months. The ‘karas’ used are of varying sizes and are buried for three quarter of their height in the ground. Each ‘karas’ has been given by the local people to Zorah and each one gived their own unique nuances to the wine. The wine was very lightly filtered before bottling, and spent a further six months ageing in bottle before release.