Catena Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay

Mendoza Province is Argentina’s most important winemaking region with approximately 167,704 hectares (414,405 acres) of vineyards, accounting for 70% of the country’s Wine production. Within the Mendoza appellation there are distinct sub-appellations, legally recognized as “Indicaciones Geográficas” (IGs). Through extraordinary diversity in soil quality, altitude, and climate, Mendoza’s sub-appellation/IGs are essential in defining the terroir of Argentine wine.  Wines labeled from a particular appellation/IG must be sourced 100% from vineyards in the IG.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Catena Chardonnay Appellation Tupungato has the unique expressions of  cool and high altitude vineyard sites.  Tupungato vineyards  lends citrus notes with a crisp finish,  and a rich, unctuous mouthfeel.  Tupungato highest vineyards contributes with pear and citrus flavors and a strong minerality.  The wine shows a delicated greenish color with light yellow notes. The aromas offer fresh white fruits like white peaches  and pinapples, citrus and hints of white flowers flavors like Jasmine and Magnolia. The mouthfeel is intense, full yet clean, with fresh, crisp acidity. 

Food Pairing

Enjoy this rich and fragrant wine as an aperitif before dinner or paired with fish, fowl or pork.  The richness of the wine pairs beautifully with almost any meal.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Tupungato
Vineyard size
100 acres
Soil composition
Sandy-Loam
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,960 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
n/a
Harvest time
April
First vintage of this wine
2009
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
25 days
Fermentation temperature
80 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
1
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.2

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