Described by The Wine Advocate as “one of the quality leaders in Argentina” whose “wines are phenomenal”, Catena Zapata has made a name for itself as a benchmark high-altitude producer with vineyards throughout Argentina’s Mendoza region.

The original winery was founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena who eventually passed it on to his grandson Nicolás Catena Zapata. Nicolás was one of the first to introduce many European winemaking techniques to Argentina and was instrumental in putting high-altitude Argentinian wines on the map. Currently, Laura Catena, Nicolás’ daughter and fourth-generation winemaker of the family, runs the winery. Laura has also established the Catena Institute of Wine, which focuses on the study of terroir and sustainability, resulting in Catena Zapata becoming one of the most studied estates in the world.

Their famous Adrianna vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation, where the extreme high-altitude results in intense sunlight and cool nights, only a few degrees above freezing even in the summer. The cool nights allow for very slow ripening, optimal acid retention and low yields.

Today we are delighted to share with you four new releases from this acclaimed producer:

Description Vintage Unit Price per Unit Score
Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2020 3x75cl £200.00 99 JS, 96 TA
Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay 2020 3x75cl £200.00 97 JS, 95 TA
Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2019 3x75cl £195.00 99 JS, 95 VM, 94 TA
Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2019 1x150cl £145.00 99 JS, 95 VM, 94 TA
Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec 2019 3x75cl £315.00 98 JS, 97 VM, 95 TA
Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec 2019 1x150cl £225.00 98 JS, 97 VM, 95 TA

 

When it comes to Catena’s wines, a lot can be learned from their names. White Bones Chardonnay comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the soil underneath the vines, which is layered with calcareous deposits and limestone as well as fossilized animal bones – remnants of a river that used to pass through the region. The resulting wine is rich in limestone and mineral notes.

White Stones Chardonnay again comes from select rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard but in this plot, the ground beneath the vines is covered with oval white stones. These stones help regulate the temperature of the vines, acting as storage heaters at night and exerting a cooling influence by day.

Fortuna Terrae means luck of the land in Latin, and indeed, the vines from this parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard are lucky. The deep loamy soils are home to many varieties of native grasses which prevent erosion and attract beneficial insects. Because of the freshness imparted by the deep soils and high altitude, the wines of Fortuna Terrae have optimal acidity and delicate flower aromas.

The River Malbec (formerly River Stones) takes its name from a small parcel of the Adrianna Vineyard that, like the location of the White Stones Chardonnay vines, is completely covered with oval white stones and was the site of an ancient riverbed. The abundant stones provide optimal drainage and balance temperatures. They absorb heat and moderate the nights, but also function like ice cubes after a very cold night.

These wines are always popular and are due in early next year, so order now to avoid missing out.

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