ZORAH KARASI ARENI NOIR RED, 0,75lt, 13,5% alc.

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ZORAH KARASI ARENI NOIR RED, 0,75lt, 13,5% alc. Grape varietal: 100% Areni Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has complex aromas of red fruits, lightly spiced with an elegant toasted note. The palate reflects the exotic nose with hints of soft red fruits, dried mountain herbs and wild earth. Generous and soft with balanced, full-bodied structure and mature tannins before a long evolved mineral finish. Stainless steel tanks have given way to temperature controlled rough concrete vats in which the wines are fermented exclusively with indigenous yeast, 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 twelve months. The ‘karas’ used are of varying sizes and are found roaming the villages. Some are buried in the ground while others are above ground each giving their own unique nuances to the wine they contain. After very light filtration the wine is bottle aged for around six months.
What is the meaning of this label? Zorah was founded by Zorik Gharibian, an Iranian Armenian who grew up in Italy and made a name for himself in the fashion capital of Milan. The winery received its first international accolade right from the start: the inaugural Zorah Karasi (2010) was listed in Bloomberg’s Top Ten Wines of 2012. Possibly one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, Areni has been present in Armenia for millennia. Never attacked by phylloxera coming from USA, and therefore never grafted and on its own roots, it is 100% indigenous to this land with a unique DNA profile that does not match any other. Elegant and fresh, thick skinned and extremely resistant to disease, through the ages Areni has adapted perfectly to the high altitudes and extreme temperatures variations of Vayots Dzor, its natural habitat. Finally Karasì, the Armenian name for amphora, is a tribute to the 6100 year wine tradition of Armenia. Aged in traditional amphorae this wine embraces the living heritage of its country, yet, it is totally comfortable with the present. The other element that contributed to the success of this wine Zorah Karasi Areni is not in its name. You will feel it once you drink the wine. This is Tuscany-born oenologist Alberto Antonini, among the most influential wine consultants in the world. Once the assistant winemaker at Frescobaldi and head winemaker at Col d’Orcia and Antinori, Antonini has been part of Zorah’s story since its infancy. The vineyards can be found at altitudes of 1400mtrs / 4500ft asl. A Phylloxera free terroir with low vigour, sub alkaline, sandy soil, rich in limestone and large stones. The cuttings of the vines come from ancient abandoned vineyards of a nearby 13th century monastery. The unique confluence of the environment; the high altitudes, the low vigour soil, drastic day /night temperature variations (20°C/68°F) and late October harvest all contribute to the creation of a wine which is a faithful expression of this alluring terroir. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1X5KEa9VDM
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