2016 Pegaso 'Zeta'
Sierra de Gredos, Spain
I took a bottle of this home last week and drank it over 3 nights and it was excellent, getting better each day. The wine reminded me of a pure, grenache core wine, like the best old school Chateauneuf, or maybe more precisely to the fresher Gigondas. Fresh and deep red berry fruits were spiked by savory and garden herb notes. Balanced, pure and energetic, there were mineral-laced notes in the dense, and pure, finish. A mini-complexity beast - an original wine!
While the Pegaso project was founded on the single vineyard, single soil, and single-site expression, 'Zeta' is a blend of both soil types in the Sierra de Gredos: Granite and Schiste.
The fruit comes from 3 sites planted between 890-920m at the entry into Cebreros: El Robledillo, El Mojón, and Presidente. These old bush vines are farmed 100% EU certified organic. The slate and granite soils are blended, giving depth and fruit character to this wine.
- Variety: 100% certified organic Garnacha
- Viticulture: Old bushvines planted 890-920m of altitude
- Processing and aging: Native yeasts. 6 months in French barrels of 5oo liters of different origins and ages. 6 months in steel tanks.
- Soils: Mixture of slate and granitic soils on a base of magmatic rock. Shallow soils of coarse texture with a lot of drainage.
91 pts Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker
The 2016 Pegaso Zeta is the first wine completely made with the help of winemaker Marc Isart and reflects the change in direction towards fresher wines with less oak, helped by the natural conditions of the vintage, much fresher than 2015. This is floral and quite expressive, with fully ripe flavors from a vintage with a slow ripeness given the good yields. It has nice balance and great drinkability, with good citrus freshness, reminiscent of blood oranges that to me represent the bright red fruit and the citrus spark. It has the depth and complexity of great dry-farmed wines that deliver great grapes. Delicious. There were 16,500 bottles produced and bottled in July 2018.