TEN CENTURIES OF LIFE, DEATH AND REBIRTH
The epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other,
and the label for Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino pays
tribute to the variety’s history in France and its rise in
Argentina. Four female figures embody different
landmarks in the history of the grape.
Eleanor of Aquitaine represents the birth of Malbec. She
is a strong, Old World presence, lingering at the bridge in
Cahors, where Malbec came into its own.
Next, the Immigrant symbolizes the movement to the
New World and the unknown explorers and adventurers
who connected Europe with the Americas.
Phylloxera personifies the death of Malbec in the Old
World, which enabled its rebirth in the new.
Finally, there is Bodega Catena Zapata, represented by
Adrianna Catena, who depicts birth, earth, and
motherhood, sharing the riches of the New World.
Today, the Catena family’s fourth generation leads the
high-altitude renaissance in Argentina.
We are returning Malbec to the sky... where it belongs.
No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than
100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce
an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines
of the world.
20% whole cluster and 80% whole berry fruit is hand-
loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a
100% barrel fermentation for a period of 30 days,
allowing seamless oak integration. 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. Wild yeasts.
Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves
considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in
French oak barrels for 18 months.
Old Vines from the Catena Zapata Family Vineyards,
Nicasia and Angélica. The origins of the vines, which we
call “The Catena Cuttings”, is a prephyloxeric Massale
Selection from the Angélica Vineyard.
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.
- Angelica Vineyard: 3,018 ft (920 m). Lunlunta District, Maipú Region, Mendoza, Argentina. Adjacent to dry river bed. Light gravel, loam and clay.
- Nicasia Vineyard: 3,593 ft (1,095 m). Altamira in La Consulta District, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. Very shallow loamy topsoil with surface gravel and gravelly (large stones) dry river bed subsoil - optimal drainage. Malbec. Plant selection: Catena Cuttings malbec selection.
- Varietal: 100% Malbec
- Alcohol: 14.1 %
- Total Acidity: 5.95 grams/liter
- pH: 3.75