Zuccardi Malamado Fortified Malbec was the first fortified red wine made in Argentina. It is 100% Malbec, made in a sweet, fortified style in the same manner as Port wine. If you like Malbec and you like Port, then this wine for you.
Zuccardi Wines was founded by Alberto “Tito” Zuccardi. Zuccardi was an engineer who had arrived in Mendoza from the Tucuman province of north western Argentina where his Italian grandparents had settled. Zuccardi was primarily working on irrigations systems which are very important in a region with minimal rainfall. In order to demonstrate his irrigation system he planted a vineyard in Maipu in 1963. This was to be the Zuccardi family’s entry into the world of wine. Constuction of their first winery began in 1968. Zuccardi was followed into the business by his son, Jose, in 1976 and Jose’s son, Sebastian, who is now the Zuccardi winemaker, joined the family business in 2002.
Zuccardi is based in the Valle de Uco and new winery was completed in Paraje Altamira in 2013. In 2019 Sebastian was voted one of South America’s most exciting winemakers by Decanter Magazine and Zuccardi Valle de Uco voted “The World’s Best Vineyard”. The Valle de Uco is located at the foot of the Andes and runs north to south along the western edge of the Mendoza wine-growing region. Zuccardi have several vineyard locations comprising some 800 hectares. As well as vineyards at the wine in Paraje Altamira, there are also vineyards in La Consulta, Vista Flores, Santa Rosa and Maipu. 35% of their vineyards have organic certification and the others are all sustainably managed.
Zuccardi Malamado Fortified Malbec is made from grapes sourced from old vine vineyards in the Mendoza wine-growing region. After harvest the grapes are fermented in concrete vats. Fermentation lasts around 10 days by which time the sweetness level will be about 120 g/L. At the required level of sweetness the fermentation is stopped by the addition of a simple grape brandy until the desired ABV of 18% is reached. The then fortified Malbec is aged for 2 years in French oak barrels before bottling.
Zuccardi Malamado Fortified Malbec is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.