2021 Bodegas Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec
Although not confirmed (nor denied) by the RVD, this is Queen Maxima's favorite wine. This winner from Catena Zapata. This Argentina is the flagship of one of Argentina's best wineries.
The Malbec 'Argentino' perfectly combines the properties of two large historic vineyards. The grapes come from the Adrianna vineyard, at an altitude of about 1500 meters, and the Nicasia vineyard, at an altitude of around 1200 meters. The Adrianne vineyard gives the wine its elegance and freshness, Nicasia gives it its strength and ripeness. An ideal blend. The winemaking is the same as with the single vineyard wines. Fermentation takes place partly in wooden barrels of 225 liters and partly in barrels of 500 liters. The maturation in new French oak barrels lasts eighteen months. Some of the barrels are replaced by new barrels during maturation. It is a wine that shows what Malbec stands for at altitude: an example of pure, ripe fruit and great strength. The wine stands out for its ripe fruit and for its balance, the combination of stimulating acidity with delicious ripe fruit and intensity.
The Argentino has exceptional concentration and complexity. In the glass it has an almost saturated dark purple color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove interspersed with earth notes. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand with poignant flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; the finish is dominated by sweet black and blue fruits and continues to bombard the palate with silky tannins for several minutes. The storage potential is unprecedented.
Bodega Catena Zapata is seen as 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'.
FACT: The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. You will see your discount immediately when you choose Collect in the Checkout page. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking. Click here for our address.
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
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe