Catena Malbec 2017

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Catena Malbec is composed of 100% varietal wines blended from vineyards of different altitudes. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend.  The combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities. 80-year-old vines in lLunlunta (Maipù) lend soft, sweet texture and Catena cuttings in Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) provide spicy character. Cold nights in Altamira(San Carlos) lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato) give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure. 

About the Vineyard

This Catena Malbec is sourced and blended from the family´s high-altitude vineyards in Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. 80-year-old vines in Lunlunta (Maipù) Vineyard lend soft, sweet texture and the lauded Catena cuttings in Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) Vineyard add notes of spice. The cold nights in Altamira (San Carlos) Vineyard lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato) Vineyard give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure. This combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities and unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Catena Malbec shows a deep violet color with purple reflections. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with delicate floral notes like violets and lavander, and traces of vanilla and moca. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, with blueberries and blackberries notes and a touch of leather and cinamon. The finish presents well integrated-tannins with bright acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.

Food Pairing

Pair with roast turkey, grilled steak, salmon, and pasta with red sauce.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Lulnlunta, Agrelo, Altamira en La Consulta, and Gualtallary wineyards
Soil composition:
Depending on site - clay, sand and limestone, calcareous deposits and surface stones
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
2,822, 3,084, 3,871, 4,921 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200
Exposure:
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted:
Various
First vintage of this wine:
1994
Bottles produced of this wine:
780,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Malbec
Fermentation container:
Barriques
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12 days
Fermentation temperature:
75 - 80 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
22 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
35% New
Type of oak:
American and French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
10 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.5 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
1.8 g/L
Acidity:
5.0 g/L

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