Catena Malbec 2017

Catena Malbec is composed of 100% varietal wines blended from vineyards of different altitudes. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend.  The combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities. 80-year-old vines in lLunlunta (Maipù) lend soft, sweet texture and Catena cuttings in Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) provide spicy character. Cold nights in Altamira(San Carlos) lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato) give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure. 

About the Vineyard

This Catena Malbec is sourced and blended from the family´s high-altitude vineyards in Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. 80-year-old vines in Lunlunta (Maipù) Vineyard lend soft, sweet texture and the lauded Catena cuttings in Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) Vineyard add notes of spice. The cold nights in Altamira (San Carlos) Vineyard lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in Gualtallary (Tupungato) Vineyard give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure. This combination of different vineyard components results in a wine with heightened complexities and unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Catena Malbec shows a deep violet color with purple reflections. The nose offers concentrated aromas of ripe red and dark fruits with delicate floral notes like violets and lavander, and traces of vanilla and moca. The mouthfeel is rich and concentrated, with blueberries and blackberries notes and a touch of leather and cinamon. The finish presents well integrated-tannins with bright acidity and a flinty minerality that gives the wine exceptional length.

Food Pairing

Pair with roast turkey, grilled steak, salmon, and pasta with red sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Lulnlunta, Agrelo, Altamira en La Consulta, and Gualtallary wineyards
Soil composition
Depending on site - clay, sand and limestone, calcareous deposits and surface stones
Training method
VSP
Elevation
2,822, 3,084, 3,871, 4,921 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
Various
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
35% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
75 - 80 °F
Maceration technique
Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
22
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
10 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
American and French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L
Acidity
5 g/L

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