"My favourite value winery not only in Spain, but in the world, is Bodegas Borsao". Robert Parker
What else can we say? Value, value, and more value. This 2015 vintage is just delicious. Zarihs made it to this year's top 100 Wine Spectator list with the 2016 for the super high quality and consistency vintage after vintage.
This wine comes from vineyards planted in the early 2000s at the foot of the Moncayo mountain. During harvest season, grapes get to the cellar and are macerated for approximately 5 days. Fermentation occurs for 20 days in stainless steel vats at a temperature between 71 and 79 degrees. Following the Australian method, 40% of the wine is aged in new American oak barrels for one year and the rest is aged stainless steel tanks.
Robert Parker, 91 pts
"Produced with Australian clones of Syrah (and hence the name, Shiraz spelled backward) planted in 2002, the 2015 Zarihs was cropped from a very warm and early ripening year. It was produced in a sort of Australian way, maturing only 40% of the wine in new American oak barrels for 12 months. It feels creamy and less ripe and balsamic than the Tres Picos I tasted next to it. It isn't very varietal, as the ripeness and generous oak seem to take over the overall character of the wine. It's juicy, a little heady and concentrated, and in need of powerful food."
This winery is located in Borja, in the northwestern part of the region of Zaragoza. They represent the origin of D.O. Campo de Borja, "The Grenache Empire", as many like to say, and actually is one of the main producers of Garnacha (Grenache) in the world.
Bodegas Borsao controls about two-thirds of all the Grenache vineyards planted in the region while remaining as a cooperative of about 400 members that own about 3,700 acres of plots.
Although Borsao has been in existence since 1957, it wasn't until their partnership with Chris Ringland, the famous Neozelandese winemaker, that they gained broad recognition. Safe to say that this is a very well-known winery also outside of Spanish borders.