HIGH MOUNTAIN ESTATE VINEYARDS
The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High
Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation
vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro
Vigil. Although we have found that most of the Catena
wines are consumed shortly after release, we are pleased
to see that they age beautifully for ten to twenty years.
Through decades of study and exploration within
Mendoza's high altitude mountain terroirs, the Catena
family has identified special locations for its Estate
vineyards. From the marriage of these historic vineyards
emerges a wine of unique character that has natural
balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.
A Blend of Four Vineyards - vineyards are divided into lots that
are harvested at different times:
- Lunlunta 3,018 ft (920m) elevation: aluvial origin. Loamy
clay in the topsoil with rounded rocks on the bottom.
- Agrelo 3,117 ft (950 m) elevation: aluvial origin. Clay topsoil
with rounded rocks on the bottom.
- El Cepillo, Eugenio Bustos 3,593 ft (1,090 m) elevation:
aluvial origin. Loam-sandy soil with thick calcareous layers
and rounded rocks on the bottom.
- Gualtallary 4,757 ft (1,450 m) elevation: aluvial origin.
Gravel and limestone soil. Rounded rocks in the bottom.
This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5
days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then
fermented for 16 days with a post-fermentation maceration
of 22 days. Wild Yeasts. Elevage: 12-14 months in barrel.
Barrel selection varies depending on vineyard and vintage -
First, second and third use barrels used.
- Varietal: 100% Malbec
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Total Acidity: 5.4 grams/liter
- pH: 3.7