Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with Attilio Scienza to find...
precisely the right location for this exciting project. After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success.
Zorah has 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level and only a little over a kilometre from a 6,100 year old winery. The vineyards are situated in the small rural village of Rind, in the heart of Vayotz Dzor. Long dry summers, with good sunlight and high daytime temperatures contrast with cool nights, encouraging a lengthy growing season. The soils are rocky and rich in limestone, helping maintain moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat. The indigenous vines for 'Yeraz' come from a single site at 1,600 metres and are over 100 years old.
An exemplary year, 2013 was characterised by a long, hot, dry summer with high daytime temperatures contrasted with cool nights (average day/night temperature variations of 20°C) with a little rain towards the end of September. Because of the favourable conditions, harvest was pushed back to the second half of October.
The grapes were harvested by hand into small 15 kilo crates. After destemming, the grapes were gently crushed. Fermentation and maceration on the skins took place in concrete tanks with no epoxy lining. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally, only with indigenous yeast. The wine was aged partially in concrete tanks, partially in large untoasted wooden casks in order to soften tannins, but mainly in traditional Armenian amphorae (karas) of varying sizes which were sealed with wax and buried partially below ground to maintain a constant temperature. The wine was very lightly filtered before bottling.
Bright and lively, this Armenian wine displays vibrant red and black fruit. Juicy and textured, with silky tannins that soften the palate.
|Grape varieties||100% Areni Noir|
|Region||Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor|
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