2021 Catena Zapata Malbec Appellations Vista Flores

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Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Winery Catena Zapata
Vintage 2021
Grape Malbec
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2028
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For the Catena Malbec Appellation Vistaflores, a blend of Malbec grapes from the Vistaflores district in Tunuyán was chosen. This appellation is very suitable for Malbec, due to its slightly higher location, at the foot of the Andes. The vineyards are located at an altitude that varies between 1050 and 1150 meters. This means temperatures that can be quite high during the day, reaching around 33 degrees. But it cools down considerably here at night, so the difference between day and night is very big. This provides Malbec with powerful aromas and a pronounced freshness in its acidity. The grapes ripen perfectly in this way and remain in balance. They are picked late, in a period from the first to the third week of April. The vines in the vineyard are now 30 years old and provide a great expression of the unique terroir in the wine. Yields are low and the grapes are picked by hand. After fermentation, the wine matures in oak barrels, with 85% French and 15% American oak, for a slightly exotic touch. A beautiful pure glass of Malbec.

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'.

Vineyard for 2021 Catena Zapata Malbec Appellations Vista Flores

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
Winery Catena Zapata
Grape Malbec
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Parker rating 92
James Suckling rating 91
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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