2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Fortuna Terrae

91.95 75.99
Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Year 2019
Grape Malbec
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2035
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The famed Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary is perhaps the most studied vineyard in the world and is Catena's best vineyard for malbec. The vineyard is located at a respectable altitude of no less than 1480 meters. Only in this part (height and plot) can the Malbec vine absorb the optimal amount of nutrients, which ensures that this absolute grand cru among the Adriannas is remarkably expressive and distinctive. Since 2011, high-end Adriannas have been produced under the name: Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae, the Adrianna Fortuna Terrae and the Adrianna River Stones.

Fortuna Terrea means "Luck of the Land" and was chosen because this small plot in the Adrianna vineyards provides a unique and so beautiful terroir Malbec. The grapes (and we) can be happy with this beautiful plot. The plot has a large loam layer which drains well. The bottom is covered with all kinds of grasses, which ensures an enormous diversity of insects and birds. It is 5ha in size and is located at an altitude of almost 1400 meters. Due to the loamy soil and the high altitude, the malbec grapes can root deeply and there are serious temperature differences between the day and night. This makes for a fresh, very elegant, delicate wine. The wine is spicy, with black fruit and good acidity. This is a great Malbec and the wine has received a whopping 97/100 Points from Parker and 98/100 James Suckling. Only 5040 bottles of the 2018 were made and they are distributed worldwide, which means only a handful of bottles per country. The wine can be drunk young but can also be enjoyed for decades. This is an absolute collector's item and incredibly beautiful. Despite its high price, this is only a pittance compared to the expensive bordeaux and burgundies.

Bodega Catena Zapata is considered the flagship of Argentina's wineries. Robert Parker's statement says a lot: 'when all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference, the standard of excellence'.

Vineyard for 2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Fortuna Terrae

The leading house Catena Zapata has been active in Argentinian viticulture for 4 generations. Bodega Catena Zapata was founded by Nicola Catena who left Italy by sailing ship to Argentina in 1898. He eventually ended up in Mendoza and planted his first vineyard here in 1902 with the grape variety Malbec. His son, Domingo, inherited the winery and realized his father's dream of becoming one of the greatest vineyard owners in Mendoza.

In the 1960s, the winery went through a difficult period due to the poor economy and rising inflation. Nicolás Catena, Domingo's son with an economics degree, took over in the mid-1960s and concentrated on expanding distribution in Argentina. He sold the table wine producing winery and kept only Bodegas Esmeralda, the winery of fine wines.

Argentina was known at the time as a bulk wine producing country and Nicolás was therefore considered crazy. But he insisted on looking for the best locations to plant vineyards, including in Gualtallary at high altitudes. In the 1980s he started to plant the grape varieties Chardonnay and Malbec. According to his own vineyard manager, the latter grape would never ripen here, but fortunately for Nicolás he did.

It took him five years before he was completely satisfied with the Malbec grape in the 60-year-old Angélica vineyard for the production of the Catena Malbec in 1994. A little later he started producing the Catena Alta wines, from the best plots. from its vineyards. He also grew many clones of the Malbec and managed to find the most suitable vineyard for each of them.

In the late 90s he started making some top cuvées which he called Catena Zapata (after the name of his mother Angélica Zapata). These wines are produced exclusively in exceptionally good years. Bodega Catena Zapata produces five different lines, mostly from vineyards at an altitude of 900 meters or more: Catena Zapata, Catena Alta, Catena, Alamos and Argento.



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Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Grape Malbec
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2019
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 97
James Suckling rating 99
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe
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