Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2018
The Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino shows a saturated dark violet colour with ruby reflections. The nose offers cassis, blueberries and violets, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness with light flavours of mocha, dark berries and spice. It has a long finish, dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.
This bouqet of Red 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 20% whole cluster and 80% whole berry fruit are handloaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 30 days, allowing sealess oak integration. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas and cap management is done by hand to ensure soft gentle flavours and tannin extraction. Alcoholic malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in the French oak barrels for 18 months.
Ten centuries of life, death and rebirth
The epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other, and the label for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino pays tribute to the variety’s history in France and its rise in Argentina. Four female figures embody different landmarks in the history of the grape. Eleanor of Aquitaine represents the birth of Malbec. She is a strong, Old World presence, lingering at the bridge in Cahors, where Malbec came into its own. Next, the Immigrant symbolizes the movement to the New World and the unknown explorers and adventurers who connected Europe with the Americas. Phylloxera personifies the death of Malbec in the Old World, which enabled its rebirth in the new. Finally, there is Bodega Catena Zapata, represented by Adrianna Catena, who depicts birth, earth, and motherhood, sharing the riches of the New World. Today, the Catena family’s fourth-generation leads the high-altitude renaissance in Argentina. We are returning Malbec to the sky…where it belongs.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
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The 2017 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino mixes grapes from 60% Altamira (Nicasia) and Lunlunta and shows a little riper than the pure Altamira from Nicasia vineyard. There is a note of raspberry that gives brightness to the aromas, and the palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and a fluid sensation that is quite remarkable for 2017.
Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas with licorice, too. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and deep. Superb richness and balance, at the same time. Really great.
– 94 POINTS
Elegant, fine-textured flavors of red fruit and red berry are backed by suave, medium-grained tannins. Silky midpalate, with a long, mineral-filled finish that features lively sanguine and light savory accents. Drink now through 2026.
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