La Zorra Original 2017 · Buy it for £15.79 at Vinissimus
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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production28,886 bottles

The wine

La Zorra Original combines the omnipresent Tempranillo variety with the originality of local Rufete grapes — a common variety in the Sierra de Salamanca area — whose wild freshness can transfer the intense mineral sensations of any soil into a glass. Rufete is perfectly adapted to these surroundings and takes on board the character of other local vegetation it is often planted alongside. Its fine skins and small compact bunches contrast with a marked personality and irreverent character. A low-yield variety, it is easily affected by excessive heat or mildew but, when it does well, it is capable of transporting us to the forest with just one sip, as can easily be confirmed when you try La Zorra Original.

Starting with a bright Picota cherry red colour, La Zorra Original delights with sharp herbaceous hints of bramble leaves, raspberries and wild strawberries, alongside spicy strokes. A wonderfully-balanced wine in the mouth, it has a good level of acidity and sweet tannins. A wine both delicate and wild at the same time, with light touches of oak bringing elegant toasted flavours of sweet spices. Flavoursome and expressive, it is a unique and different wine whose transparency holds the purity of grapes from old vines and soils made up of slate, clay and granite. Local yeasts and low fermentation temperatures extract the very best from each grape. Ageing in French and American medium and lightly-toasted oak barrels tames the wildness of its fruit, while respecting its essence. With every glass of La Zorra Original we drink in forest and we breathe in pure clean air, remembering when vines were wild plants climbing around tree trunks to gain more sunlight for their growth. The fact is that every bottle of La Zorra Original hides something of this wild grape that we believe we have domesticated.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Bright / Garnet glints
Frank / Herbaceous notes / Red fruit / Oak wood / Toasty notes / Sweet spices
Flavoursome / Expressive / Ripe tannins / Fruity tannins / Pleasant finish / Long

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Red meat

Grilled meat, Mushrooms, Carpaccios

Ratings and awards

201890 PK
201790 PN
201490 PK
201391 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

Their 50/50 Tempranillo and Rufete red blend, the first wine produced here in 2010, has been renamed to 2018 Original. It keeps the approachable profile has better integrated oak than in the past and a core of red berry fruit and a medium-bodied palate with some grainy tannins. 20,553 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2020 after 11 months in barrel.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 90 PARKER

Customer reviews

5 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period11 months
Type of woodFrench and american oak
Clarification and filtrationBottled unfined and unfiltered


Vine age60 years
SoilSlate / Granit / Clay