Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2017

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand tended and produce extremely low yields. The grapes are micro-fermented in new French oak barriques and the wine is then aged for 24 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very limited quantities.

Tasting Notes

The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino shows a saturated dark violet color with ruby reflections; the nose offers cassis, blueberries and violets, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping, lightly saline flavors of mocha, dark berries, spice, and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with lamb chops, beef tenderloin, and goat cheese.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Angelica Vineyard (Lulunta district) and Nicasia Vineyard (Altamira district)
Soil composition
Sand, Gravel, Stony, and Clay-Loam
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,018-3,593 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
1.2 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1992-1996
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
2004
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Vertical open barriques & small stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
100% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
30-32 days
Fermentation temperature
82.4 - 86 °F
Maceration technique
Manual punching down
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
12 - 18 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
24 months

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