100% Malbec sourced from the sandy, clay soil of Lot 18 of the 70
year old Angélica vineyard. The 2000 growing season was characterized by cooler
temperatures in general, with average temperatures reaching only 19° C, 0.5° C lower than normal,
and average lows falling to 13° C throughout March. The result was highly aromatic and complex Malbec fruit.
Some light precipitation at the beginning of March delayed the harvest a bit and the Malbec fruit was picked on March 27th.
This vintage can be enjoyed now and will continue to improve over the next 8 to 10 years.
- Varietal: 100% Malbec
- Alcohol: 13.9 %
- Total Acidity: 6.07 grams/liter
- pH: 3.85
- Fermentation: Max. Temp. 31° C for a 12 day fermentation and 28 day maceration
- Aging: 14 months in French oak, 62% new
- Unfined and unfiltered
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.