Wed 19 Oct 2016

Harvest 2016: Stunning Photos from Zorzal, Spain


Last week Tim Sykes gave us the latest from the 2016 Bordeaux harvest, and earlier this week Jo Locke MW followed with news of a small but very exciting Muscadet crop.

Today I’d like to share these wonderful photos from Viña Zorzal in Navarra, Spain, which give a flavour of how things are going at this forward-thinking bodega.

The Sanz family has 70 hectares of vines, some of which – including the graciano and garnacha used for the Zorzal range we buy – are over 35 years old. Brothers Xabi and Iñaki, who oversee sales and winemaking respectively, have injected a new lease of life into Zorzal. Xabi was in touch with me this week- he says the 2016 fruit is excellent quality.

I’ll report back once I’ve tasted the wines in 2017.

Pierre Mansour
Society Buyer

Categories : Spain


  1. John Woodman says:

    Stunning photos. Excellent promotion for the bodega.

  2. Peter Broadbent says:

    Visiting Bodegas Ochoa a month ago, it is really wonderful to see, like Zorzal, how much future there is for the top Navarra growers. Winemaker Adriana Ochoa, following in her father Javier’s footsteps, is using her own cultivated yeast for 100% of the 2016 harvest.
    The hot growing season, which followed a cold spring, has resulted in a different ripening order – their merlot for example was ahead of the others. By 10th October the harvest was virtually complete.
    Adriana has some exciting ideas with Viognier which was authorised in Navarra last year.

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