Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec 2017

Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized internationally for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. Lunlunta is an idyllic district of small orchards and tree-lined country roads, well known for its ancient Malbec vines and silty-clay soils. Lunlunta Malbec displays black and red berry aromatics, a lengthy mid-palate and ripe silky finish. This is Argentine Malbec at its best.

Tasting Notes

The Lunlunta shows a deep violet color with purple reflections. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with traces of vanilla and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, with blueberries and blackberries notes and a touch of leather and cinnamon. The finish presents well integrated supple tannins with a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.

Food Pairing

The Catena Lunlunta  perfectly pairs with smoked meats and cheeses and equally well with braises, roasts or grilled meats and fowl. Perfect for a light dinner or a substantial meal, it is an extremely versatile wine that can be enjoyed with or without food.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Lunlunta (Sub-Appellation of Maipu IG)
Vineyard size
150 acres
Soil composition
Sandy & loamy; 50% sand, 30% silt, 20% clay, 5% surface stones.
Training method
VSP
Elevation
2,785 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
2.8 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1930
Harvest time
Late February
First vintage of this wine
2006
Bottles produced of this wine
60,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
16 days
Fermentation temperature
80 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Maceration length
10
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.8
Residual sugar
2 g/L
Acidity
5 g/L

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