Catena Vista Flores Chardonnay 2016

Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized internationally for their pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture and in leading Argentina’s Malbec revolution. In the 1950s, Don Domingo began sourcing Chardonnay from the historic vineyards of Vista Flores in Tunuyán.  Domingo prized the region’s Chardonnay above all others for its notes of tropical fruit and balanced minerality.  Catena Chardonnay Appellation Vista Flores is a wine with a pure expression of this unique terroir.

About the Vineyard

Vista Flores Vineyard (1100m/3608ft). Aluvial origin. Loamy
soil, with rounded rocks on the bottom (80% Sand -
10%Clay -10% Silt).

Wine Production

This wine goes through cold settling for 12 hours in
stainless steel tanks at 41ºF (5ºC). The juice is then
fermented for 25 days in Stainless steel tank and 225 L
french oak barrels at 57-64ºF (14-18ºC). Minimum
battonage program for 6 hours. Partial malolactic
fermentation. Aged for 9 months in 35% new, French oak.

Tasting Notes

The extraordinary vineyard produces 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
Vista Flores, District of Tunuyán
Vineyard size
25-100 acres
Soil composition
Clay, Silt, and Sand
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,117-3,281 feet
Vines/acre
2,200
Exposure
Northern
Harvest time
March-April
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
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
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.3
Acidity
6 g/L

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