Brian's Blog

Show Hide Filters



  • 05 Sep

    Zuccardi Wine of the Month September 2016

    Posted by Carlee Wilson

    Bonarda Serie A, Santa Rosa, Mendoza, Argentina 2014 

    Douce noir is a red Italian wine grape variety that has been historically grown in the Savoie wine region of north-west of Italy but today is more widely planted in Argentina and known as Bonarda. 

    Traditionally used as a bulking wine due to its amenable style, Bonarda was the most widely planted wine grape variety in Argentina – overtaken now by Malbec.  It’s most common now to see it showcased as a single varietal; it can be lighter-bodied and fruity, full of cherry and plum flavours, with light tannins and moderate acidity. However with concentrated fruit from older vines, and especially when oak aged, Bonardas can also be big, fruity, dense and tannic wines with deep colour and fig and raisin characteristics.

    What can we expect from the Bonarda Serie A from Zuccardi?

    Zuccardi Family Winery make wines to reflect terroir. Their comprehensive understanding of soils and climate in the Uco Valley are reflected in the beautifully expressive wines that they create.

    Sebastian Zuccardi (host for our dinner 21st September) heads the forward thinking ‘Innovation and Experimentation’ programme which is taking the winery to new heights.


    At Zuccardi it is clearly understood that quality starts in the vineyards. Through extensive research and the use of technology such as electromagnetic mapping of soil, they are reaching ever greater understandings of the "terroir" and how to match soils with the most appropriate grape variety. With extensive vineyard holdings in Maipu, Santa Rosa and increasingly at high altitude sites in the Uco Valley, the quality at Zuccardi is ever improving as these wines find their place. Every aspect of viticulture at Zuccardi, from irrigation techniques, trellising and training, pruning and harvesting is constantly reviewed and improved upon whilst always remains true to their principles of sustainability.


    The grapes were selected, destemmed, crushed.

    Cold maceration for 7 days at 5ºC(41ºF) before classic vinification with selected yeast and fermentation at 25-27°C(77°F).

    Maceration for 20 days with daily remontage and delestage.

    30%of the wine was aged in oak barrels for 10 months.

    Oak Treatment

    Time: 10 months Type: French Oak: 30% New Oak: None

    Tasting Note

    The Italian’s influence on Argentinian culture is self-evident in their love of food and life. One of the Italian varieties most widely used is this juicy, succulent variety Bonarda. Packed with savoury cherry and chocolate character. These rich red and black fruits are supported by silky tannins and kind of acidity that will keep it fresh for a few years to come.

    Technical Details

    Blend: Bonarda 100%

    ABV: 14%

    Closure: Natural Cork

    Colour: Red Style: Still

    Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

    Suitable for Vegans: Yes

    Organic: No

    Biodynamic: No

    Now all we are left wondering is exactly what Brian intends to match to this outstanding wine!?!

    We cannot wait to find out what to expect from the evening.

    Zuccardi Wines Brian Maule Blog 3


  • Be kept informed of our latest deals, special offers and events.

    Newsletter Sign-up