Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2015

The Nicasia vineyard is a small, specially selected number of rows in Lot 1 of the Catena family's Altamira vineyard. Planted in 1996, the Malbec vine are on own roots and part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angelica vineyard. Early shoot removal in September and a cluster thinning on December lead to an extremely 
low yield of 1.2 tons per acre (2.5 tons per hectare). With plantation density of 1,925 plants per 
acre (4,000 plants per hectare), this translates into a yield of 22 ounces (625 grams) per plant.   
With veraison taking place on January , a strict water restriction was implemented to maintain vine water content below 1.4 megapascals, stopping any secondary shoot growth. 
Leaf thinning on March  for the eastern side of the rows allowed the Malbec fruit to bask in the softer, early morning sunlight. With harvest on April , the vines enjoyed an extremely long, 87 day window from veraison to harvest, resulting in very high polyphenolic accumulation. A plant by plant selection process means only the highest quality fruit becomes part of this exceptional Malbec. 

About the Vineyard

Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec is made from a meticulous vine selection in the best, historic rows 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 18 months in new French oak. This wine is made in very limited quantities.

Tasting Notes

Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec is a dark violet Malbec. Ripe black-and-red currant, raspberries and an elegant touch of french oak are some of the aromas that we can appreciate from this special malbec from one of the Catena´s highest family vineyards. Very complex and expressive palate, with a creamy violet flavor witih ripe blueberries, cassis, vanilla and spicecake.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with roasted veal, shiitake mushrooms, and beef tenderloin.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Nicasia Vineyard, Altamira en La Consulta, Lot 1
Vineyard size
100 acres
Soil composition
Sand
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,593 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
1.2 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1996
Harvest time
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
17 days
Fermentation temperature
77 - 86 °F
Maceration technique
Manual punch down
Maceration length
28
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
24 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
24 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
1.8 g/L
Acidity
6.5 g/L

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