Catena Alta Historic Rows Chardonnay

Catena Alta Historic Rows Chardonnay

Wine: ‘Catena Alta’ Chardonnay

Producer: Bodegas Catena Zapata

Country: Argentina

Region: Mendoza

Vintage: 2018

Style: White

Blend: Chardonnay 100%

ABV: 14%

Size: 75cl

Organic: NO

Biodynamic: NO

Vegan: NO

 

Notes: Former ‘Decanter Man of the Year’ Nicolás Catena has bagged AT LEAST 90 Parker points with every single vintage of this Chardonnay. This vintage alone scored 91. The wine gains complexity through 14 months of ageing in French oak. It’s a rich, exotic golden-yellow wine with hints of ripe pear, peach & apricot. With a snappy acidity & a luxurious finish, it’s first-class stuff & is one of our bestselling ‘premium’ white wines.

Catena Alta is a limited production of single varietal wines made from a selected few rows in the Catena family’s vineyards. These special barrels undergo a rigorous second selection at the winery.

 

Producer Info: The story of Bodega Catena Zapata is a tale that travels from 19th-century Italy to the limestone soils of Mendoza.

Nicola Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s grandfather, sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898, leaving behind his famine-stricken European homeland for a land of plenty & opportunity. In 1902, he planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Although Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendour in the Argentine Andes. It was a hunch that would not fully flower till nearly a century later.

Nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Argentinean wine for more than a few minutes without someone mentioning either Nicolas Catena or one of his wines. No-one has done more to put Mendoza on the map, or to raise the profile of Malbec from Bordeaux reject to one of the world’s most fashionable grape varieties.

His journey to the top hasn’t been easy, however, & plenty of people were sceptical when Nicolas started planting Malbec at ever higher altitudes in the Andes. Eventually the results of his experiments spoke for themselves & others quickly followed in his footsteps. The family’s commitment to research & development continues apace with Nicolas’ daughter, Laura, now at the helm.

Laura, a biologist who graduated with honours from Harvard University, decided to instil in the winery team the method of research & study, what she calls “the science of understanding nature”. They created the Catena Institute of Wine, enabling the team to conduct research aimed at getting a better understanding of the Argentine terroir, the characteristics of Mendoza, & to study every aspect of their vineyards with the ultimate goal of making Argentine wines that can stand with the best of the world.

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Wine: ‘Catena Alta’ Chardonnay

Producer: Bodegas Catena Zapata

Country: Argentina

Region: Mendoza

Vintage: 2018

Style: White

Blend: Chardonnay 100%

ABV: 14%

Size: 75cl

Organic: NO

Biodynamic: NO

Vegan: NO

 

Notes: Former ‘Decanter Man of the Year’ Nicolás Catena has bagged AT LEAST 90 Parker points with every single vintage of this Chardonnay. This vintage alone scored 91. The wine gains complexity through 14 months of ageing in French oak. It’s a rich, exotic golden-yellow wine with hints of ripe pear, peach & apricot. With a snappy acidity & a luxurious finish, it’s first-class stuff & is one of our bestselling ‘premium’ white wines.

Catena Alta is a limited production of single varietal wines made from a selected few rows in the Catena family’s vineyards. These special barrels undergo a rigorous second selection at the winery.

 

Producer Info: The story of Bodega Catena Zapata is a tale that travels from 19th-century Italy to the limestone soils of Mendoza.

Nicola Catena, Nicolas Catena Zapata’s grandfather, sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898, leaving behind his famine-stricken European homeland for a land of plenty & opportunity. In 1902, he planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. Although Malbec had been a blending grape in Bordeaux, Nicola suspected it would find its hidden splendour in the Argentine Andes. It was a hunch that would not fully flower till nearly a century later.

Nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Argentinean wine for more than a few minutes without someone mentioning either Nicolas Catena or one of his wines. No-one has done more to put Mendoza on the map, or to raise the profile of Malbec from Bordeaux reject to one of the world’s most fashionable grape varieties.

His journey to the top hasn’t been easy, however, & plenty of people were sceptical when Nicolas started planting Malbec at ever higher altitudes in the Andes. Eventually the results of his experiments spoke for themselves & others quickly followed in his footsteps. The family’s commitment to research & development continues apace with Nicolas’ daughter, Laura, now at the helm.

Laura, a biologist who graduated with honours from Harvard University, decided to instil in the winery team the method of research & study, what she calls “the science of understanding nature”. They created the Catena Institute of Wine, enabling the team to conduct research aimed at getting a better understanding of the Argentine terroir, the characteristics of Mendoza, & to study every aspect of their vineyards with the ultimate goal of making Argentine wines that can stand with the best of the world.

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