2018 Angelic Zapata Malbec Alta

2018 Angelic Zapata Malbec Alta

2018 Angelic Zapata Malbec Alta

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In 1994, Nicolás Catena made the first premium varietal Malbec to be exported world-wide from Argentina. It took fifteen years of vineyard research and three years of experimentation at the winery before Nicolas and daughter Laura could decide to bottle the first Catena Malbec. Over the next two years, they identified their best vineyard rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Malbec and made the first vintages of the Catena Alta wines in very small quantities. Catena Alta continues to be a limited production of single varietal wines made from a selected few rows in the Catena family's vineyards. These special barrels undergo a rigorous second selection at the winery. The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.

Family matriarch Angélica Zapata, a fierce educator and headmistress of the local country school, instilled a culture of study, hard work and reflection on generations of the Catena family. Although Angélica died young, she transmitted to her children her vision that Argentina’s natural resources and that people were destined for greatness.

The grapes for Angélica Zapata are sourced from high altitude, mountain vineyards planted at elevations between 3297’ and 3957’ above sea level. Years of research, led to the identification of the ideal “terroir” that could offer the highest concentration of aromas and flavours. 

Tasting Note:
Grapes are sourced from the Uco Valley, Angélica Sur Vineyard. High altitude, intense sunlight, well drained rocky soils. Low yields, very concentrated wines, with incredibly smooth and velvety tannins. From the Southern part of the Uco Valley. 

This is a Dry, Full bodied wine with High acidity and High tannin. It is Medium+ in it's intensity with High alcohol and a Medium+ finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

100% malbec

Country:

Argentina

Abv:

14.0%

Vintage:

2018

Region:

Mendoza

pH:

3.72

Oaked or Unoaked:

French Oak (50% New)

Appellation:

Uco Valley

Style (R/S):

Dry (<4g/l)

Aged Before Release:

18 Months in French Oak

Farming:

Sustainable

Drinkability:

Drink Now or Cellar 8/10 Years