In a unique collaboration with Argentinian wine makers Zuccardi, expert Tom Jones presents these stunning wine pairings and recipes created by the Zuccardi family
More than 70 years ago, engineer Alberto ‘Tito’ Zuccardi arrived in Mendoza from Tucumán, the small province in north west Argentina where his Italian grandparents had settled many years before.
He began experimenting with new irrigation systems because, back then as is the case today, water management is key. In 1963 he planted a vineyard in the Maipú region, aiming to show other neighbouring farmers how his system worked, not realising at the time that this would be the beginning of three generations of passion for the Zuccardi family.
Today Bodega Zuccardi Valle de Uco is led by Sebastián Zuccardi. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Alberto and his father José, Sebastián’s aim is to create wines of great depth and character.
For Tom Jones and his team at the award-winning Whalley Wine Shop, the selection of Zuccardi wines featured, represents a new and exciting opportunity: “After a Zoom tasting with the Zuccardi team in Argentina, we were blown away by the quality and diversity of the wines. We partnered with them and wanted to show two things – the massive impact the mountain landscape has on the wines and the fact that there is so much more to Argentina than just Malbec!” explains Tom.
“To that end we have created two mixed cases, a Premium Malbec exploring six different styles of Malbec and a More Than Just Malbec case, looking at six other grape varieties.”
Among the Zuccardi offering at the Whalley Wine Shop are:
Concreto, Paraje Altamira: 100 per cent Malbec that is fermented and aged in concrete, egg-shaped vats. With cool fruit and slate character, it has dried herb undertones. Perfect with pizza!
José Zuccardi, Uco Valley: Malbec from Paraje Altamira and Gualtallary is blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in concrete and old oak foudres for 12 months to create this beautifully rich, ripe elegant wine. Delicious with a juicy tenderloin.
Valles Torrontes, Salta: A brilliant example of this classic Argentinian grape variety. From vineyards planted in Salta in the north-west valleys of the country, this wine has enticing aromas of white flowers, pears, oranges and passion fruit. Refreshing, yet delicate. An extremely enjoyable wine with true heritage. This wine pairs perfectly with fish such as hake.