Brothers Xabi, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz created Viña Zorzal in 2007, taking advantage of their long history and tradition as a winemaking family in Correla, Navarra. Their family winery, Bodegas Correlana, had been run by their grandfather and father to great success in the region, and they became a reference point in the industry. But while the older generation had been more preoccupied with having a viable and commercial trade, the current one decided to take a holistic approach to agriculture, and make artisanal wines, focusing on single-parcels and single-vineyards, and on the terroir of Fitero, this subzone of the D.O. Navarra.
Their landscape differs from the much flatter areas of Navarra where Garnacha and Tempranillo are cropped in high volumes. Their vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), and limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin.
They own 40 hectares, 25 of which planted with the traditional Garnacha of the land. The wild bush vines are old, many centenarian, and are farmed organically. The remaining land is planted with Graciano (which quickly made their fame), Tempranillo, and some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay.
The wines are made in a remodeled part of the family’s old winery, and the work in the cellar follows the work on the land, which they summarize here: “We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture; we do not till the vineyards, and all processes are carried out manually; we use selected native plants for ground cover fertilizing with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. This philosophy is carried through to the winery, where our wines ferment spontaneously. We avoid racking, and don’t filter nor clarify. No additives are used, only a sufficient, moderate amount of sulphur.”
The fruit for this delightful little Garnacha comes from different plots in the Fitero village. Grapes were picked earlier in 2017, as it was a dry and hot year. Serve with cured meats and cheeses, stews, roasted vegetables, game and meat dishes.
Wine AdvocateThe entry-level red 2017 Garnacha is an amazing value, as it has grapes from dry-farmed and head-pruned old vineyards in the village of Fitero. It fermented with full clusters, in stainless steel, with indigenous yeasts and bottled unoaked to preserve the freshness and acidity. This is lively and fresh due to harvesting early and using stems since the conditions of the year were warm and very dry. It's a juicy, delicious Garnacha and is really tasty. They are on their way up, and each vintage seems to be better than the previous one. A great Garnacha at a great price. 80,000 bottles produced.