2021 Bodegas Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay

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Type of Wine White
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Vintage 2021
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2034
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The White Stones Chardonnay comes from grapes from the famous Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary where the soil is richly covered with stones and pebbles with a high percentage of lime, hence the name White Stones. The grapes are harvested at five different times depending on the different ripeness of grapes and therefore different levels of acidity, sugar and aromas. The wine is fermented in used oak barrels and stainless steel for approximately 15 days and there is no malolactic fermentation and the wine matures sur lie in stainless steel for 9-12 months before being bottled. The result is a Chardonnay of excellent quality. Extremely fresh with notes of white flowers, citrus and beautiful scents of chalk/lime/minerals. The taste is medium body with lots of freshness and stimulating acidity, ending long and with a mineral feeling. This is great!

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.

Vineyard for 2021 Bodegas Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay

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.

 

 

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Catena Zapata
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 98
James Suckling rating 98
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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