Alta Malbec 2016

CATENA

Alta Malbec
2016

Product code
521849
Format
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Open
Status
Available
Country
Argentina
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Region
Mendoza
Varietal(s)
Malbec 100 %
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
Availability
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About this winery

At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...

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Notes about product

Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from Block 18 of the Angélica vineyard, Block 4 of the La Pirámide vineyard, Block 1 of the Nicasia vineyard, Block 6 of the Angélica Sur vineyard and Blocks 3 & 9 of the Adrianna vineyard.

Winemaking notes

Vineyard lots are harvested at different times to ensure optimal natural acidity and moderate alcohol levels. Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation bins and barrels; lots from each vineyard are treated individually; fermentation and maceration last for 28-30 days; cold maceration. Wild yeasts. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel; aged for 18 months in French oak. Unfined and unfiltered.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 94 points -

June 2018

I also had the chance to taste the 2016 Catena Alta Malbec, when they used a higher percentage of grapes from Nicasia. In this vintage, it's truly 100% Malbec that fermented in tank with full clusters and finished fermenting after pressing, without skins. It's serious and elegant, with the year's signature freshness. 2016 has really marked the wines with great freshness. This is serious and with zero sweetness, complete and direct.

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Descorchados

- 93 points -

June 2019

Now one of the winery’s historic malbecs, this wine debuted with the 1996 vintage and is a blend of vineyards, including Angèlica in Lunlunta, La Piràmide in Agrelo, and Nicasia in Altamira as the primary sources. It’s full of violet notes, with a backdrop of cherries and loads of ripe fruit, and smooth as cream.

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James Suckling

- 92 points -

March 2018

Plenty of cocoa powder as well as violets follow through to some serious tannins that are already well integrated. They and the crisp acidity give the dry finish some assertive power.

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Gismondi on Wine

- 92 points -

July 2019

Expect a deep cerise colour with a lovely vinous nose that reveals heady florals, some smouldering dark fruit, and a savoury character that is just plain exciting. The fruit ranges from red to black to blue: raspberries and plums to mulberries and blueberries. There is also a captivating menthol note, along with chocolate and gravel dust. The flavours mirror the nose, with savoury, black, licorice fruit that reveals the woody part of a berry bush as well the juicy fruit itself. The acidity is marked and refreshing. Sturdy but fine-grained tannins prop up the dense and savoury fruit, keeping its minty, botanical plot. It finishes with the gravelly, dusty complexity that graced the nose. It's a complex, intricate malbec that embodies Catena's devotion to this formidable grape.

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