This family estate, in a constant quest for excellence, exprienced a new boom when it was taken over by Nicolás Catena Zapata in the 1960s. With the wish to revolutionise production methods for Argentine wines, Nicolás Catena Zapata is inspired by the vinification of Napa Valley wines and is revealing new, high-altitude terroirs to magnify the expression of the grape varieties.
Nicknamed "South America’s Grand Cru", Bodega Catena Zapata is a renowned international reference, recognised by critics for the finesse and elegance of its wines.
Nicasia Malbec 2018 by Catena Zapata comes from the Nicasia vineyard at 1100 metres above sea level in the La Consula district, planted from massal selections from the Catena Selection. Made up of loamy soils upon a gravelly subsoil, this vineyard was considered by Nicolas Catena’s father as perfect for Malbec thanks, in particular, to its draining capacities.
Winemaking and ageing
Nicasia Malbec 2018 is produced from fermentations, 10% of which are in whole bunches, in 100% new French oak barrels for a duration of 17 days, thus allowing the wood to be well-integrated. Fermentations are carried out at low temperatures using indigenous yeasts, and each step of the process is carried out delicately to extract the texture, tannins and aromas in the gentlest way possible. The wine then lies on its lees in barrels for an ageing time of 24 months, followed by another resting time of 24 months after bottling.
This wine is 100% Malbec.
Nicasia Malbec 2018 by Catena Zapata is an intense purple colour, revealing toasted oak, spices , violet, incense, black truffle and even black cherry on the nose. It is a full-bodied wine with a richness and intensity that manages to harmonise power and elegance.
Food and wine pairings
Nicasia Malbec 2018 goes perfectly with game and cheeses.
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