ZORAH KARASÌ Areni Noir

Vintage – 2012
Vineyard – Rind – Armenia
Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Viticulturist Stefano Bartolomei
Packaging 750ml Bordeaux bottles
Alc. by vol. – 14%

Description

Vintage 2012
Zorah Armenia

Grape Variety ARENI NOIR – The result of intensive and meticulous field selection the Areni Noir sourced for Zorah was rediscovered from ancient vines from the abandoned vineyards of a XIII century monastic complex. Originating from the birthplace of viticulture and extremely resistant to disease, this grape’s particularity lies in its capacity to adapt perfectly to continental climates and in its very thick skin which, while helping maintain the elegance and freshness of the grape, also protects it from the drastic day/night temperature variations (40°C daytime/20°C nighttime) present at 1375 MT altitudes during the summer months.

THE TERRITORY

Vineyard Rind – Armenia
Size of vineyard 15,00 Hectares/ 37 Acres
Altitude 1375 m / 4511 ft a.s.l.
Exposure North – south
Soil type Sandy. Rich in stone and very rich in limestone. Slightly sub- alkaline
Trellising system Guyot
Age of vines 7 years. The selection of which derive from 80 year old vines
Root stock Ungrafted vines grown on their OWN roots
Density of vineyard 5,000 vines per hectare /2,023 vines per Acre
Grape yield 3,5 Ton/Ha (0,7 kg of grape per vine)
Wine yield 20,00 Hl/Ha
Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Viticulturist Stefano Bartolomei

 

2012 VINTAGE INFORMATION

Climatic conditions        A great 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 harvest. Dry until end of September allowing harvest to be pushed back to end of October. Only the very best bunches were selected for harvest.

VINIFICATION AND AGING

Harvest Middle/End of October
Harvesting method Manual, in small 15 Kg crates
Crushing After de-stemming, gentle crushing with partial rupture of grapes
Type of press Hydraulic vertical
Fermentation In temperature controlled cement tanks,amphorae, stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temp. 28°-30°C /82° – 86° F
Maceration on skin 14 days
Malolactic fermentation Occurred naturally in amphorae & barrels at 22°C in November
Ageing 35% in Karas (Armenian amphorae) sealed with wax and buried partially below ground
30% in French oak barrels
20% cement tanks
10% in stainless steel tanks.
5% in Armenian oak barrels
Bottling October 2013
Bottle aging 6 months
Production 30,000 bottles
Packaging 750ml Bordeaux bottles in 6-bottle boxes

ANALYTICAL DATA

Wine pH 3,51
Total acidity 5,48 g/l
Alcohol 14% Vol.
Total polyphenols 2361 mg/l

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Bright ruby red
Bouquet: Complex aromas of red fruits lightly spiced with an elegant toasted note
Palate: The 2012 vintage shows the character and personality of the previous 2010 & 2011 vintages in term of pure expression of the terroir and the Areni grape. The 2012 is a setup from the previous vintages in its complexity and elegance showing a beautiful mix of red and black fruits intriguing spices with vibrant, velvety and mineral tannins and a juicy, soft finish with structure and balance.
Comments: The name karasì, the Armenian translation “from amphora”, is a reference to the wine being aged in traditional clay amphorae.
Food pairings: Particularly suited to savory meat dishes, such as lamb, duck, wild rabbit and braised meats. It is also great accompaniment to aged cheeses. Serve at 16°-18° C /64°-68°F.
Reviews: Bloomberg  / Top Ten Wines of 2012