Catena Alta Chardonnay 2015 75cl

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Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Brand Bodega Catena Zapata
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 13.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2015
Maturity Drink or Keep
Food Match Fantastic with grilled or Barbecued Marinated chicken
Style Full bodied
Bursting with fruit and minerality, this expressive Chardonnay opens with Mango and pineapple on the nose alongside ripe pear and fig flavours on the rich palate. Finishes with great freshness and a long length and minerality.

Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family State vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, produces a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the terroir and the vines that have been tended by the four generations of the Catena Family. "Alta" means high in Spanish. This makes reference to the high altitude vineyards from where the grapes are sourced, and to the high end wines that are produced with this special grapes. At almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's calcareous soils and cool climate are the promised land of Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavours and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and cannot be found anywhere else in Mendoza.

Country Of Origin: Argentina
Nicolás Catena Zapata became the first person from South America to receive the prestigious Decanter Man of the Year award in 2009, always believing that Argentina could produce world-class wines.

The story of Catena is the story of Argentine wine.

Founded in 1902, Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The family’s Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation has been called the Grand Cru of South America.

When Nicolás began running the family winery in the mid '60s, his grandfather and father were still making wines according to the old Italian traditions. During his scholar time in California in the 1980s, Nicolás had the opportunity to experience the Napa Valley wine revolution, focusing on improving vineyard management and winemaking techniques, using hygienic stainless steel, and emphasizing oak quality.

Right away he decided to carry out a similar project. The change in vinification methods introduced by Nicolás was “revolutionary” in the sense that most other Mendocinian wineries abandoned the old traditions and quickly followed these non-oxidative winemaking practices in order to retain the fresh fruit flavours.

Catena wanted to rival the great wines of France and needed his vineyards to be in cooler regions. He chose to go upwards and plant at high altitude, naming his new vineyard “Adrianna” in honour of his youngest daughter.

Wines from here were completely different from wines sourced from lower altitudes. They had a deep, inky colour, were soft and velvety, had a wonderful complexity, and intense floral and red fruit flavours. These wines had higher levels of tannins (likely developed by the vines to shield the seeds from the sun,) and these gave the wines a flavour that was unique to extreme high altitude - a power, texture and richness that had never been found before in Mendoza.

Country Of Origin: Argentina

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