(2005 Vintage) The 2005 Malbec Argentino is a blend of the Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards with the same elevage. As so often happens, the combination is better than either of the individual components. It is more complex aromatically, seems more opulent, has tons of flavor, and a lengthy, 60-second 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.