Catena Alta Malbec 2016

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 investigations 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. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Catena Alta Malbec 2009 shows a deep violet color, with blue reflections. The nose is elegant and complex with ripe red and black berry fruits, notes of violets and lavender and a touch of leather, spice and vanilla falvors. The palate is full and rich with soft and sweet tannins and a silky, smooth structure. Mulitple layers of rich cassis, black currant and blackberries are interwoven with hints ofl icorice and black pepper. Its lengthy finish is marked by wonderful minerality, finely grained tannins and lively acidity.

Food Pairing

Pair with braised duck with apples, or Grilled beef filet.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Angélica, La Pirámide, Nicasia and Adrianna vineyards
Vineyard size
N/A acres
Soil composition
Depending on site - sand, loam, clay, calcareous deposits, limestone, surface stones
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,018-4,757 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
1.2 ton tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
Various
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
1996
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Small format fermentation, French oak barrels, stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
70% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
10 - 18 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Manual Punching Down
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
24 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
18 months

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