Catena Zapata Malbec 2019

A blend of three unique vineyards
  • $49.80
  • $54.00

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Primary Notes: Plum, Blackberries, Black Cherry Raspberry, Pomegranate Pepper Clay

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes: Coffee, Tobacco, Leather


Dryness: Dry

Acidity: Medium -


Alcohol (%):

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina

Maker: Catena Zapata

Grape: Malbec

Fermentation: Slight Wood

Awards: >90 pts


Serving Temperature: Best served between 16 - 18 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Grilled salmon, sio bak, grilled chicken wings

Western Food Pairing: Roast turkey, grilled steak, pasta


Catena Zapata Malbec

The Catena Malbec 2018 presents a deep violet colour with purple reflections. This microclimate blend of three unique vineyards offers an intense aroma, soft texture and concentrated flavour. Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich and concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavours of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins, bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to finish.

100% Malbec with a blend of 3 three vineyards – Lunlunta, 920m (loamy clay with rounded rocks at the bottom), El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos, 1090m (loam-sandy soil with thick calcareous layers and rounded rocks at the bottom), and Gualtallary, 1,450m (gravel and limestone soil with rounded rocks at the bottom).

The wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 8.8°C to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 12 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 19-22 days with wild yeasts. It is then aged in the barrel for 12 months.

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 - 91 POINTS

2018 seems like a very good year for young and juicy reds, which is what the 2018 Catena Malbec is, a pure varietal that shows the typicity of the grape and the freshness of the year. It has the telltale aromas and the soft and velvety texture of the grape, with nicely integrated oak and a dry, long and pleasant finish. This has mind-boggling quality for the quantity—they produce 2.5 million bottles of it! One to buy by the case.- Luis Gutierrez

Good dark red. Slightly reduced aromas of black cherry and raspberry lifted by a floral note. More reserved and serious than the 2017 version (winemaker Vigil told me he found a bit of animal character in the earlier vintage--an element he doesn't like), with its red and black fruit and violet flavors showing a light touch for the price. This is not a particularly black style of Malbec. Very juicy and ultimately pliant, finishing with light tannins and noteworthy energy. Vigil vinified this wine with 50% whole clusters, which he described as "perfect for structure". - Stephen Tanze