GRAPE VARIETY - ARENI NOIR
Possibly one of the oldest grape varieties in the world Areni has been present in Armenia for millennia. Nevergrafted and on its own roots it is 100% indigenous to this land & with a unique DNA proﬁle that does not match any other. Extremely resistant to disease and with a very thick skin Areni Noir has developed the unique capacity to adapt perfectly to the extreme climate of Vayotz Dzor, its naturalhabitat.
The pinnacle of high altitude viniculture ZORAH’s vineyards are at 1400mtrs / 4500ft asl. A Phylloxera free
terroir with low vigour, sub-alkaline, sandy, soil rich in limestone and large stones. 2016 VINTAGE INFORMATION
A year characterized with initial frost and a rainy spring followed by hot summer with high day-time temperatures and strong sunlight balanced with fresh cool nights, with day/night temperature differences averaging 20°C during rippening season. Dry until end of September. Harvest mid / end of October.
VINIFICATION ANS AGING
Fermentation takes place in rough, temperature controlled, concrete tanks using only natural yeast, while the aging is in local amphorae of varying sizes (some buried in the ground and others above ground) for around 12 months. Further 6 months of aging inbottles.
Mid bluish crimson. Lovely small-wild-berry aroma. Spicy and savoury with expressive dark fruit with wildness and energy. Vibrant tannins with a long evolved mineral on thefinish.