Catena Malbec 2011

The Catena Malbec is sourced and blended from the family´s high-altitude vineyards in Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Each vineyard is divided into lots that are harvested at different times and are specifically farmed in preparation for their role in the final blend. The old vines in the Angélica Vineyard in the Lunlunta district in Maipú produce grapes that lend soft, sweet texture. The lauded Catena cuttings in the La Pirámide Vineyard in the Agrelo district of Luján de Cuyo add spicy notes to the wine. The cold nights in the Altamira district of San Carlos, where Catena’s Nicasia Vineyard is located, help to grow grapes with bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in the Adrianna Vineyard in the Gualtallary district of Tupungato, give the grapes explosive floral aromatics and firm but silky soft tannins. This combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities and unique character that is full-bodied yet balanced, concentrated and complex while retaining true varietal character.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyards offers intense aromas, a soft texture, and concentrated flavor. Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of tart cranberries, sweet spice, and leather. The wine finishes with bright acidity, well-integrated and silky tannins, and a flinty minerality that lingers on the palate.

Food Pairing

The Catena Malbec would be a wonderful complement robust red meat dishes, any agro dolce sauce, or to an earthy dish like Lamb Tagine with Dried Plums.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The La Pirámide, Nicasia, and Adrianna vineyards
Soil composition
Depending on site - clay, sand and limestone, calcareous deposits and surface stones
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,084-4,757 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Exposure
Northwestern
First vintage of this wine
1994
Bottles produced of this wine
780,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Barriques
Age of Aging Container
New-Two years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
26 days
Fermentation temperature
75 - 80 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration; Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
5 days; 24
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
American and French
Length of aging before bottling
12-14 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.7
Acidity
5.6 g/L

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