Fully ripe and concentrated with refined tannins and a palate-staining persistence. Beautifully defined texture with an attack of blackberry, raspberry, dark chocolate and background spice. Beautifully balanced.
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations.
100% Malbec, aged for 18 months in French Oak.
The story of Bodega Catena Zapata is a tale that travels from 19th-century Italy to the limestone soils of Mendoza. Nicola Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s grandfather, sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898, leaving behind his famine-stricken European homeland for a land of plenty and opportunity. In 1902, he planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Although Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendour in the Argentine Andes. It was a hunch that would not fully flower till nearly a century later. Nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Argentinean wine for more than a few minutes without someone mentioning either Nicolas Catena or one of his wines. No-one has done more to put Mendoza on the map, or to raise the profile of Malbec from Bordeaux reject to one of the world’s most fashionable grape varieties.