Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2021 article: Uco Valley wines: 12 essential ones to try (see blue link below).
Zuccardi, Fosil Chardonnay 2019 - April 2021 Decanter review
(also 95 points James Suckling and 94 points Tim Atkin for this 2019 vintage)
The 2020 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2021 edition expert review of South American Chardonnays (see blue link below for the review).
Zuccardi, Fosil Chardonnay 2020 - June 2021 Decanter review
Sebastián Zuccardi grew up in a family that had a strong visionary and innovative spirit. Since 1963, when his grandfather planted the first hectares of grapevines in Maipú, Mendoza, the Zuccardi family has not stopped growing and developing. It has become a leader in Argentine wine production. From his father, José Alberto Zuccardi, Sebastián inherited the determination and desire to constantly strive for excellence.
Today, Sebastián, third generation of the family, finds himself leading a young team of agricultural engineers and enologists, who are in charge of producing the highest quality wines in the Uco Valley. On his initiative, the winery has had a research and development area since 2008, dedicated to studying the terroir and the diverse variables that affect wine quality. The goal, in Sebastián’s own words, is “not to strive for perfect wines, but wines that express the place, the region.”
Fósil is a white mountain wine. It comes from Zuccardi's vineyard in the Estancia Place within the IG San Pablo, at 1400 meters of elevation, and only 300 meters away from the Cordillera. The immensity of the mountain range and its proximity makes everything that surrounds it extreme: its climate, its landscape, its identity. Fósil is a place wine. Born from the unrepeatable combination of cold weather, calcareous soils, and Andean breezes from one of the highest areas of the Uco Valley.
For this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from Zuccardi themselves.
Zuccardi, Fosil Chardonnay 2019 - fiche technique
"A citrus palate with bright acidity and creamy lees", say Zuccardi. Decanter provide a little more: "Vivid colour in the glass, with aromas of green apple, citrus and white flowers. In the mouth it presents exhilaratingly vivacious acidity".