Nicolás Catena Zapata Malbec 2011 75cl

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Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Brand Bodega Catena Zapata
Grape Variety Malbec
Size 75cl
ABV 14%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2011
Maturity Drink or Keep
Food Match Any red meat
Style Rich, Lush and Fruity

The inaugural 1997 vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America when it won a series of blind tastings against first growths and other prestigious cuvees from around the world.

Concentrated dark fruit aromas on the nose with delicate traces of vanilla and mocha. Rich and lush on the palate, with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit flavours layered with sweet spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, supple tannins with bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality which gives the wine exceptional length.

10% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500 litre new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 20-30 days, allowing seamless oak integration. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas, and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavours and tannin extraction.

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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