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2006 Catena Zapata Adiranna Vineyard
Catena Zapata Adiranna Vineyard 2007
Wine Description

The Catena Zapata family's mission is to make profound and unforgettable wines; wines that reflect the special character of each vine within the family's historic vineyards. Constantly pushing the viticultural envelope, Nicolás and Laura Catena have identified Mendoza's best microclimates, selected the highest quality Malbec vines and pioneered viticulture in undiscovered regions - the Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills.
Their vision has been to uncover those magical places in each of the family's vineyards which offer the purest expression of the land. Farming these special lots manually, hand-tending each of the vines, has led to the identification of individual plants which consistently produce the most exceptional fruit. These Zapata Vines have been physically marked with a red sash, ensuring the most demanding attention to detail in their care. Harvested separately in multiple passes through the vineyard, the Zapata Vines form the foundation of the Catena Zapata wines.

The symbol of pioneering viticulture, the Adrianna vineyard is located at 5,000' elevation, the highest Malbec vineyard in all Mendoza. This wine defines high altitude Malbec, with exceptional concentration and structure that will last for at least 20 to 30 years.

 

Fact Sheet

VINIFICATION:

30% whole cluster and 70% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 15-30 days, allowing seamless oak integration.  Early harvest Malbec lots co- fermented with Viognier from Adrianna vineyard. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas, and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavors and tannin extraction.  Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18-24 months (barrel age varies depending on vineyard lot soil), followed by 24 months of aging in bottle before release.  180 separate row microvinifications from different lots and harvest times.arate row microvinifications from different lots and harvest times.

 

VINEYARDS:

Harvest time varies depending on each lot's soil composition. Harvest time can vary by several weeks between one lot and another within the same vineyard.

Adrianna Vineyard
Named after Nicolás Catena’s youngest daughter Adrianna.
Alluvial, gravelly with limestone deposits in the topsoil.
Location: Gualtallary District, Tupungato Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina.
Altitude: 4,757 ft (1,450 m) elevation.
Soil: Shallow topsoil with gravelly surface stones.
Plant selection: Catena Cuttings malbec selection.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Winemaker: Alejandro Vigil
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Alcohol: 13.9 %
Total Acidity: 6.5 grams / liter in tartaric
pH: 3.5 8
Unfined and unfiltered.