Zorah 2016 Karasi Armenia Red Wine


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Karasì, is a tribute to the 6100 year wine tradition of Armenia. Aged in traditional amphorae, hence its name, ‘from amphorae’ in Armenian, this wine embraces the living heritage of a country while at the same time it delves back into a long forgotten chapter in the ancient history of wine.


Possibly one of the oldest grape varieties in the world Areni has been present in Armenia for millennia. Never grafted and on its own rootsit is 100% indigenous to this land &with a unique DNA profilethat does not match any other. Extremely resistant to disease and with a very thick skin  Areni Noir has developed the unique capacity to adapt perfectly to theextreme climate of Vayotz Dzor,its natural habitat. 


The pinnacle of high altitude viniculture ZORAH’s vineyards are at 1400mtrs / 4500ft asl. A Phylloxera free terroir with low vigour, sub-alkaline, sandy, soil rich in limestone and large stones. 


A great year characterized by a long, hot summer with high day-time temperatures and strong sunlight balanced with fresh cool nights, with day/night temperature differences averaging 20°C  during rippening season. Dry untilend of September. Harvest mid / end of October. 


Fermentation takes place in rough, temperature controlled, concrete tanks using only natural yeast, while the aging is in local amphorae of varying sizes (some buried in the ground and others above ground)for around 12 months. Further 6 months of aging in bottles. 


Full with energy, bright and vertical in the mouth with subtle spice. Soft red fruits are interwoven with earthiness and herbaceous characters on the palate. Vibrant chalky tannins, a touch of graphite and a long evolved mineral finish”

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