`Yeraz`

Yeghegnadzor

Zorah

Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with Attilio Scienza to find...

precisely the right location for this exciting project. After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success.

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Vineyards

Zorah have 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level and only a little over a kilometre from a 6,100 year old winery. The vineyards are situated in the small rural village of Rind, in the heart of Vayotz Dzor. Long dry summers, with good sunlight and high daytime temperatures contrast with cool nights, encouraging a lengthy growing season. The soils are rocky and rich in limestone, helping maintain moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat. The indigenous vines for 'Yeraz' come from a single site at 1,600 metres and are over 100 years old.

Vintage Information

The growing season of 2012 was warmer than 2011 but didn't have the high temperatures of 2010. Dry harvest conditions resulted in grapes with good acidity and well structured wines.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested by hand into small 15 kilo crates. After de-stemming, the grapes were gently crushed. Fermentation and maceration on the skins took place in concrete tanks with no epoxy lining. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally, only with indigenous yeast. The wine was aged partially in concrete tanks, partially in large untoasted wooden casks in order to soften tannins, but mainly in traditional Armenian amphorae (karas) of varying sizes which were sealed with wax and buried partially below ground to maintain a constant temperature. The wine was very lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright and lively, this Armenian wine displays vibrant red and black fruit. Juicy and textured, with silky tannins that soften the palate.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Areni Noir
Region Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor
Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%