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Zorah Karasi Areni Noir 2016/17

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One Line Description Zorah Karasi Areni Noir, rare wine, Armenia, ancient vineyard location 1000 metres up, very fresh, fruity, rich and layered.
Production Method Conventional
Country Armenia Armenian
Producer Zorah
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Areni Noir
Alcohol 14% abv
Terroir rocky and rich in limestone
Maturation Ageing in concrete tanks, large untoasted wooden casks and traditional Armenian amphorae (karas) of varying sizes.
Ageing Potential We think pretty good, 6-8 years for it to be at its best.
Production Detail Conventional


Zorah Areni Noir, rare wine, Armenia, ancient vineyard location 1000 metres up, very fresh, fruity, rich and layered. The wine is fermented only with indigenous yeast and is aged partially in concrete tanks, partially in large un-toasted wooden casks 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. Zorah is a bright ruby red in colour and has complex aromas of red fruits, light spice with an elegant toasted note. The palate reflects the exotic nose with hints of soft red fruits, dried mountain herbs and wild earth. Generous and soft with balanced, full-bodied structure and mature tannins before a long, evolved mineral finish. When we first tasted the wine, the 2013 vintage, we immediately struck by its freshness and elegance coupled with a rich intensity of fruit character and supple body. A very seductive wine, goes with anything!

Zorik Gharibian started this project after years of research, after choosing to return to his ancestral roots in Armenia, rather than buying a vineyard in Tuscany. His aim was to revive the deep rooted wine culture which was all but lost with Soviet rule. His 15 hectare estate is 1400 metres up on the slopes of mount Ararat located right next to a 6000 year old winery, supposedly the oldest remains of a winery in the world. Long dry summers, good sunlight, high daytime temperatures, cool nights, soils rocky and rich in limestone, everything you need to make high quality wine. The indigenous vines are grown on ungrafted root stocks as the area is unaffected by Phylloxera. This is an incredible wine project and the wines are delicious. The wines are made using traditional clay pots called Karas, using indigenous grape varieties.

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