2019 Bodegas Catena Zapata Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Content (Alc)||0.75 ltr (14.5%)|
|Drink window||2023 - 2036|
The famed Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary is arguably the most studied vineyard in the world and is Catena's best vineyard for malbec. The vineyard is located at a respectable height of no less than 1480 meters. Only in this part (height and plot) the Malbec vine can absorb the optimal amount of nutrients, making this absolute grand cru among the Adriannas 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.
The Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2019 is lively and lively, beautifully structured and surprisingly fresh. The creamy and milky tone upon opening the bottle (much too young - this is almost baby murder) disappeared in the glass after some time and gave way to fresher notes, almost citrus. They have also made a selection of individual plants at Catena Zapata. Using a high percentage of full trusses, they fermented it in concrete with native yeasts and aged it for 18 months in used oak barrels. This has to be one of the best vintages for the Mundus Bacillus Terrae. In November 2020, 5,500 bottles were filled. This is a great Malbec and the wine has received a whopping 98/100 Points from Parker and 97/100 James Suckling. Parker says: " The wine has ripeness but also the high acidity from the high-altitude vineyards that makes it very lively, beautifully textured, balanced and elegant. "
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'. The Mundus Bacillus Terrae and the Nicolas are the top wines and these 2 are not distributed via the regular importers but are distributed via the Place du Bordeaux where wine can happily buy.
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.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||98|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|
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