Catena Alta Chardonnay 2018

During the 1990’s, Bodega Catena Zapata set new standards for Argentine wine. In an effort to produce a super-premium wine, the winemaking team of Catena began in-depth investigation into the yields from specially selected, high altitude vineyards, identifying the individual lots that produce the best fruit.  These vines undergo a careful thinning process, leaving only a select few clusters, resulting in remarkably complex, aromatic and flavorful fruit.  Through the application of natural techniques, these grapes are transformed into Catena Alta. The Catena Alta Chardonnay is produced from two of the Catena family vineyards - Adrianna, at almost 5,000 feet elevation and Domingo, at 3,700 feet elevation. The Adrianna vineyard's pebble covered soil and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from Adrianna has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and cannot be found anywhere else in Mendoza. Meanwhile, the sandy loam soils of the Domingo vineyard contribute white stone fruit and good acid balance. This Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented  in French oak with aggressive battonage. Dijon Clonal Selection.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Alta Chardonnay presents an intenese greenish-yellow color. The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as Jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

Food Pairing

Marinated chicken or seafood and lighter dished.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Adrianna (Lot 1) and Domingo (Lot 7) Vineyards
Vineyard size
296 acres
Soil composition
Depending on vineyard - Sandy loam with calcareous layer, sandy limestone with clay, surface stones
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,675-4757 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
1.2 ton tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1992
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
1995
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
French oak barrels
Age of Aging Container
45% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
50 days
Maceration technique
Battonage
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
14 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.7 %
pH level
3.2

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