A natural field blend, much like colourful threads in a tapestry, the grapes for Zorah’s Yeraz, come from small vineyard parcels which encompass a vibrant mosaic of varying strains within the ancient Areni grape variety which have survived and evolved through the ages. These individual vines come together creating a multiplicity within this variety which cannot be seen as anything other than the whole of thevineyard.
Extreme, high altitude viticulture, ancient ultra-centennial bush vineyards at 1600mtr/5250ft above sea level. A Phylloxera free terroir with a combination of volcanic, sedimentary and limestone soils withno irrigation.
2013 VINTAGE INFORMATION
A year characterized by a long, hot summer with high day-time temperatures and strong sunlight balanced with fresh cool nights, with day/night temperature differences averaging 20°C during ripening season. Dry until end of September. Harvest end ofOctober.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
Fermentation takes place in rough, temperature controlled, concrete tanks using only natural yeast, while the aging is in traditional amphorae of varying sizes for almost 24 months with short passages in large untoasted cask to soften tannins. Further aging for 12 months in bottles.
Red fruited and delicately floral with a slight herbal note. On the palate you can feel and taste the old-vine concentration in a subtle intensity. The tannins beautifully dry and fine. Using untoasted oak means that the wines are not 'aromatised' by the oak but the tannins aresoftened.