Catena Malbec 2018

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 Catena Malbec 2018 presents a deep violet color with purple reflections. This microclimate blend of four unique vineyards offers intense aroma, 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 leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins, bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish.

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
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Barriques
Age of Aging Container
35% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
32 days
Fermentation temperature
75 - 80 °F
Maceration technique
Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
14 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.6 %
pH level
3.7

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