Wine Catena Zapata, "Catena Alta" Chardonnay, Mendoza, 2012
Pure wine of straw yellow color with golden highlights.
Taste wine medium density, rounded, concentrated, with notes of pear, apple and apricot, light pleasant minerality and a long, crisp, spicy aftertaste.
Bouquet of the wine reveals aromas of white fruits, dominated by shades of peach and pear, which blend harmoniously with citrus notes and nuances of jasmine.
The wine goes well with white meats, fish, fruits, salads.
"Catena Alta" Chardonnay - premium wine from the grapes of Chardonnay. The grapes for this wine are grown in a special section of the vineyard "Adrianna". Pebbly sandy soils and cool climate create ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay. Crop harvested in late March. The berries are fermented in oak barrels at a controlled temperature for 35 days. Malolactic fermentation is also done in barrels. This is followed by an excerpt on the lees in French oak barrels, half of which - the new, for 14 months. It is recommended to drink wine 4-5 years after bottling in the next 10 years.
Bodega "Catena Zapata" - known winery of Argentina, located in the region of Mendoza. The owners - Nicolas Catena and his daughter Laura. Great-grandfather of Nicolas Catena emigrated to Argentina from Italy in 1898. He purchased land in Mendoza, engaged in viticulture and raised the first harvest of grapes Malbec in 1902. Catena believed that this variety has long been grown in Bordeaux, reveal their full character in the land the Argentine Andes. His son Domingo to realize the dream of his father, becoming the largest owner of vineyards in Mendoza. Nicolas Catena spent a lot of time in California's Napa Valley, where he studied the methods of production of local wines. At that time he worked with the famous Robert Mondavi, trying to beat the best wines of France. They believed in this opportunity. And when Nicolas Catena returned to Mendoza, he sold his company to produce table wines. There was only one of the subsidiaries of the family wine business - Bodega Esmeralda. Argentina at the time was known as a manufacturer of mass of cheap wine, and Nicholas went against the general trend.
In 1980-90-ies Nicolas Catena has concentrated its efforts on the choice of the optimal conditions for the microclimate of different grape varieties and even their clones. He decided to plant vines Chardonnay and Malbec in the area Gualtallari where altitude of almost 1500 meters. It was the only way to improve the quality of grapes by limiting yield vineyards. It was a big risk and responsibility. Many doubted that Malbec reaches full maturity at such a height. But still had an excellent grapes. Thus, Nicholas first discovered that Mendoza and clones exclusive area for growing grapes. The cool climate, high valleys of the Andes and poor soil were ideal conditions for the grapes of the highest quality.
During the 1990s, Nicolas Catena and his team identified the best areas for cultivation of vineyards Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. As a result, a new line of wines super premium category - "Catena Alta". They were originally conceived as a single vineyard wine. But in 2001, was assembled an excellent crop of Malbec from three different vineyards Catena family, and choose the best of them was very difficult. Therefore, since that time, "Catena Alta" Cabernet Sauvignon and "Catena Alta" Malbec blends are produced as "different microclimates." Each of the terroir gives the wine unique characteristics. But, in contrast to the red wines, white "Catena Alta" Chardonnay is still made from grapes from a single vineyard called "Adrianna". He - the highest in its location, which gives the grapes and subsequently blame bright minerality and perfect purity of taste.
In Catena Zapata has a team of winemakers, where there are the most successful and talented winemakers in Argentina - Alejandro Seyanovich and José Galante, who is the chief winemaker and working in the company since 1975. Great strides vineyards economy Catena Zapata was made possible thanks to his scientific approach to winemaking.