Zorah 2016 Voski Armenia White Wine
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"Vibrant, juicy and layered with beautiful acidity that comes from the high altitudes. The floral and spicy notes give way to a full-bodied white and the final blend is like a symphony on one’s pallet." Alberto Antonini, OENOLOGIST
VOSKEAT & GARANDMAK
Voskì , gold in translation, pays homage to two distinct native Armenian grape varieties which come together beautifully to create the authentic spirit of this wine.
Ancient indigenous varieties, archaeological evidence suggests that both Voskèak and Garandmak, have been present in Armenia for millennia. Voskèat in translation “Golden seed” is considered Queen of Armenia’s grapes. It is a delicate golden coloured grape with small compact, relatively thin skinned berries and cross shaped bunches. Garandmak, in translation “Fatty tail”, one of the most popular grapes, is a much hardier variety, greenish yellow in colour, with larger thicker skinned berries and compact bunches.
Although both varieties are present throughout Armenia’s territory, the exceptional terroir of Vayots Dzor, with its high altitudes, low vigor Phylloxera free, rocky, sandy soils coupled with elevated daytime temperatures contrasting with the cool nights, yield distinctively balanced fruit in this region and highlight the full potential of these grapes. The grapes for Voskì are sourced from old vineyards at altitudes of 1400 meters (4500 ft) from vines grown on original ungrafted roots.
Fermentation occurs in large, temperature controlled concrete vats which are left rough deliberately to favor micro oxygenation using only natural yeast. Aging then continues in concrete vats for eleven months with further six months in bottle. Concrete is preferred to stainless steel as they allow the wine to breath over the aging period enhancing the wine character.