Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay White Bones 2016


Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay White Bones

Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Chardonnay 100 %
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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

White Bones sits on 2.2 hectares of calcareous soil at an altitude of 4757 ft (1450 m). At this extreme altitude the nighttime temperature hovers only a few degrees above freezing, even in the summer months. However, the sunlight is very intense at this elevation, and the difference in temperature between day and night is around 15-20 degrees.

Winemaking notes

The grapes were cold settled for 12 hours in stainless steel tanks at 6ºC and then fermented with natural yeast in French oak barrels for 45 - 95 days at 16°C. The wine then underwent partial malolactic fermentation. Aged for 12-16 months in 2nd, 3rd and 4th use French oak barrels.

Tasting notes

A wine with distinctive floral and saline notes that are echoed in the palate with accompanying white fruit and minerality.

*Revues de presse*

James Suckling

- 98 points -

#65 - Top 100 Wines of 2018

November 2018

A dense and bright chardonnay that shows incredible depth and freshness with dried pineapple, licorice, aniseed and lemongrass. Full-bodied, layered and very, very long. Linear and exciting. Goes on for minutes.

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- 98 points -

Best Chardonnays outside Burgundy

January 2019

From the Adrianna Vineyard’s most chalk-rich soils. Pungent acidity, like a freshly sharpened razor. 80% of the wine is matured under flor, accounting for the saline, almost iodised notes. Notes of white fruit and intense minerality in a complex yet delicious and refreshing white.

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Wine Advocate

- 97 points -

June 2018

The slow ripening provided the 2016 White Bones Chardonnay with a little more structure while retaining very high acidity. The vines, at 1,500 meters in altitude, are planted on limestone-rich soils and didn't need watering in 2016, as it rained a lot more than usual and allowed for a more natural balanced crop. This has 13.1% alcohol and an amazing eight grams of acidity measured in tartaric acid. It's a lot more serious, like an austere version of the 2015, with the balsamic and floral aromas more in the background. It has a sharper palate, with pungent flavors and superb delineation and purity. This is precise like a laser cut, mineral, salty and veeeery serious and compact. Superb!

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- 95 points -

July 2018

Full, bright yellow-gold with a green tinge. Very sexy mineral accents enliven complex scents of white peach, apple and citrus zest. Wonderfully dense and palate-saturating, with superb mineral-driven acidity giving the wine superb inner-mouth tension and lift, not to mention sharp definition to its flavors of lemon and orange peel, quince and vanillin oak. Like the 2015 White Stones, this is a bit Chablis-like but in a grand cru way. Very long and alive on the aftertaste. Truly exciting Argentine Chardonnay.

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