(2000 Vintage) The 2000 Catena Alta Malbec has a deep, dark violet color with shades of black. It has a concentrated nose of black raspberry and currant fruit with traces of vanilla and toast. This full-bodied, highly structured wine has a very soft mouthfeel with sweet, velvety tannins and a long persistent finish.
Varietal: 100% Malbec Vintage: 2005 Vineyards: Adrianna, Gualtallary, Tupungato, 4,748’ elevation. Nicasia, Altamira, San Carlos, 3,990’ elevation Harvest Date: Adrianna: April 28th 2005: April 18th 2005 Yield: 1,5 – 2,5 tons per acre Fermentation: In vertical an horizontal 225 liter open barrels and small 500 liter stainless steel tanks with manual punching down. Adrianna Vineyard: Max. Temp. Ferm. 28º C. 30 day maceration. Nicasia Vineyard: Max. Temp. Ferm. 30º C. 29 day maceration. Aging: 18 months in 150% new French oak Alcohol: 14.0% vol Acidity/pH: 5.70/3.72 Fining/Filtration: Unfined/Unfiltered Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2005 is an extremely complex and elegant wine. Of great concentration and balance, it is a true exponent of the maximum potential Malbec can achieve in high altitude cold areas. Malbec sourced from Nicasia Vineyard provides a fruity nose of ripe cassis, red berries, blackberries and raspberries. The mouthfeel is fresh and persistent. Malbec sourced from Adrianna Vineyard has a floral profile of violets and roses, laced with ripe black fruit. It has a notably deep violet colour. Oak aging adds subtle chocolate and liqueur flavors and subtle vanilla and tobacco on the mouth. I has a soft, silky entry that overwhelms the senses. It is dense and concentrated with a balanced acidity. Tannins are sweet and velvety. New aromas and flavors unfold giving way to a long, persistent finish.