Catena Chardonnay

For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. Laura Catena, great-granddaughter of winery founder Nicola Catena, has created a richly textured Chardonnay blend with floral notes, ripe tropical-fruit flavors, a strong mineral character and excellent acidity. Catena Chardonnay is sourced from three of the family´s vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Tupungato. In Agrelo, in Luján de Cuyo, the La Pirámide Vineyard grapes lend the wine ripe citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors. Fruit from the Domingo Vineyard in the Villa Bastías district of Tupungato emphasizes those stone fruit flavors and gives the wine its rich texture and mouthfeel. The high-altitude Adrianna Vineyard in the Gualtallary district of Tupungato produces grapes with lively floral notes, a pronounced minerality, and a crisp, cool-climate acidity. From the marriage of these historic parcels emerges a wine of a unique character that has natural balance, concentration, and a distinct varietal identity.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, pears, peaches, and white flowers with a strong minerality and a delicated note of vanilla. The mouthfeel is clean, with a fresh, clean acidity.

Food Pairing

This wine would be a fantastic companion a variety of poultry dishes, dishes finished with a Nantua sauce, or to a rich seafood dish like Shrimp and Herb Risotto.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Domingo, La Pirámide, and Adrianna vineyards
Soil composition
Gravel and Stony
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,117-4,757 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Yield/acre
2.5-3 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Harvest time
March-April
First vintage of this wine
1991
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-Two years
Maceration technique
Battonage
Malolactic fermentation
Partial
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.25
Residual sugar
2 g/L
Acidity
5.7 g/L

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