Malbec Argentino 2018


Malbec Argentino


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2 case(s) available

Product code
4 x 750ml
Listing type
Cross dock
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Geographical Indication (GI)
Lunlunta & Altamira
Malbec 100 %
Closure type
Winery's website

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

60% of the grapes in this vintage are selected from the Nicasia Vineyard, and 40% from the Angélica Vineyard.

Winemaking notes

20% whole cluster and 80% whole berry fruit is hand- loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 30-day fermentation. The fermentation temperature is kept low and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavors and tannin extraction. Wild yeasts are used with malolactic fermentation also in barrel. The wine is aged in French oak for 18 months.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 97 points -

James Suckling, April 2020

This is a really contrastive, rich and energetic malbec with crushed berries, as well as peaches and orange peel. Full body and soft tannins, yet always fresh and vivid. A little semillon in this from the blend plantings. Drink or hold.

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Wine Advocate

- 95 points -

March 2021

I had two very good vintages to compare of the Malbec Argentino, of which the 2018 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino feels a tad riper than the 2019. There is a little more of Angelica in this blend, as it mixes grapes from different places in Mendoza that fermented with long macerations and some 30% full clusters and matured in 500-liter oak barrels. Despite everything, it has contained ripeness, a medium to full body with moderate alcohol and good freshness. This is a little more opulent than the wines from Gualtallary, a little more powerful.

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- 94 points -

Joaquín Hidalgo, October 2020

Since 2015, this wine has been made using grapes from two vineyards located about a thousand meters above sea level, one in Angélica in Lunlunta, Maipú, and the other in Nicasia in San Carlos, Uco Valley, both harvested in two stages and fermented in open barrels, 20% with whole bunches. Dark purple in the glass. The alluring nose delivers ripe dark fruit with hints of herbs and fine wood that make for a balsamic red with further notes of thyme and violets. Sugary at first with good volume; the gentle tannins allow the wine to flow genially in a classical, nuanced Mendoza Malbec style.

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