Catena Appellation Luján de Cuyo White Clay 2021

Semillón and Chenin Blanc used to be the two most widely planted white grape varieties in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza´s historical region for premium wines. Semillón came to Argentina in the 19th century and was planted in field blends with Malbec as it was in France. A century ago, the blend of Semillón and Chenin Blanc constituted the classic white wine of Argentina. Catena Appellation White Clay is our modern interpretation of this classic, a wine with intense minerality, good grip on the palate and richly textured.

About the Vineyard

The Luján de Cuyo Appellation is known for its alluvial, clay-rich soils with rounded rocks on the bottom. The nights are cool in this high-altitude (950m/ 3117 feet) appellation.

Wine Production

This wine, made from 60% Semillón and 40% Chenin Blanc, goes through cold settling for 12 hours at 41ºF (5ºC) before its 25-day fermentation. After the fermentation, it undergoes a maceration of 6 hours. Before bottling, this wine spends 7 to 8 months in contact with the lees.

Tasting Notes

Catena Appellation Luján de Cuyo White Clay is deeply aromatic with expressive citrus and peach, minerality, and a rich finish.

Food Pairing

This blend of  Semillon and Chenin Blanc pairs well with vegetables, pasta, and grilled white meats.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Luján de Cuyo
Soil composition
Clay topsoil with rounded rocks
Elevation
3117 feet
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
55% Semillón, 45% Chenin Blanc
Length of alcoholic fermentation
25 days
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks + concrete eggs
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.2
Acidity
6.65 g/L

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