Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2017

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Catena Malbec Appellation La Consulta is composed of 100% Malbec blended from vineyards of La Consulta district in San Carlos.  The result is a wine with a pure expression of a unique terroir. 35-year-old vines gives red and black fresh fruits flavors, sweet texture and  character. Cold nights lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine gives explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure.

About the Vineyard

La Consulta vineyard: aluvial origin. Loamy soil, with rounded rocks on the bottom. 80%Sand-10%Clay-10%Silt

Wine Production

Prefermentation    
Do you use any prefermentation techniques?  (eg:  cold soak, etc.) Yes or no?:    Yes
If yes, what type?: cold maceration
For how long?  5 days
Prefermentation container: Stainless steel tank
Prefermentation temperature: Under 10ºC

Alcoholic Fermentation    
Fermentation container:    Stainless steel tank

Length of alcoholic fermentation: 23 days 


Fermentation temperature:     27º - 30° C
Maceration technique:    Pump over, punch down, delestage
Length of maceration:    10 days
Is malolactic fermentation carried out?    Yes
If yes, partial or full?    Full

Aging Data    
Type of aging container:    Wood
Size of aging container:    225 liters
Age of aging container:    35% new
If wood, state type of cooperage:  85%French -15% American oak
Lenth of aging before bottling    12 months
Length of bottle aging    10 months (before release)

Tasting Notes

The Catena Malbec Appellation La Consulta shows a dark violet color with deep purple tones. The nose offers aromas like red fruit and ripe, concentrated dark berries with fresh herbs and floral notes like lavender and violets, some traces of vanilla and tobacco. The mouthfeel is rich, with raspberries and blueberries, spices notes and a touch of mocha. The finish presents soft and well-structured tannins with bright, crisp acidity that gives the wine exceptional length.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with beef tenderloin.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
La Consulta
Vineyard size:
25 - 100 acres
Soil composition:
Clay, Silt, and Sand
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
3,600 feet
Vines/acre:
2200
Yield/acre:
5-7 tons
Exposure:
Northwestern
Harvest time:
March - April
First vintage of this wine:
2006
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Malbec
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
16 days
Fermentation temperature:
75-80 °F
Maceration technique:
Delestage, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
10 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
225 L
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
8 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.5 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
2.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.7 g/L

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