Catena Zapata

Catena Zapata Nicolas 2016, Mendoza

R2,850

Nicolas, the Flagship from Catena Zapata, is a giant – intense, complex blend to stand over time

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Critics Top Rating

97 points

Curated Selection

NEW, Top Rated, Bestsellers, Organic & Biodynamic, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Malbec

Producer

Catena Zapata

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2016

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Argentina

Story

Story

Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high-altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. 3rd generation Nicolas led the way in showcasing the world class of Argentinean wines globally, leading the way in viticulture and winemaking, carrying the tradition with pride, challenging themselves continuously to craft wines that can be counted among the best in the world.

CatenaClassic– is an expression from 100% estate-grown cultivars from the family’s high-altitude vineyards, with high attention to details to preserve the unique expression, aromas and flavors of the fruit, adding a heightened complexity to the final wine.

The Catenas led the way in extensively mapping their estate vineyards for decades, in order to discover the differences in soil structure, clonal selection, row orientation, slope or plantation density. This resulted in a mix of wine character and concentration with a one-of-a-kind personality, giving birth to Catena Alta in the 1990s, which spearheaded the first top-quality releases of its kind from Argentina.

Nicolás still yearned to make wines that could stand with the world’s greats. To do this, he knew he needed to grow fruit of unprecedented quality, with a level of concentration, complexity and balance never before seen in Argentina. Once each specific lot was identified and its potential revealed through row-by-row micro-vinification, Nicolás developed a plant-by-plant selection through which he could further enhance the characteristics of each lot. Today the Zapata vines are specifically marked and meticulously cared for as the mother plants to the Zapata Four: Nicolás Catena Zapata, Malbec Argentino, Adrianna Malbec and Nicasia Malbec.

Their hard work and dedication behind crafting such fine wines, Terroir refinement hasn’t been unnoticed, with the winery voted as #1 World Best Vineyard and firmly established as 2nd most admired wine brand in the world in 2023. They also started a dynasty, today pursued by Nicolas’ daughter Laura who has taken the helm, recognized as wine personality of the year 2022 with her work on Terroir and sustainability.

Specifications

Specifications

WINE DESCRIPTION

With its inaugural 1997 vintage, Nicolás Catena Zapata became the first luxury cuvée from Argentina to be exported around the world. The wine recreates the “Original Bordeaux Blend” of the 18th and 19th Centuries, when Malbec dominated over Merlot and was in equal standing to Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc. Prephylloxeric Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon massale selections of ungrafted vines give rise to this wine, opening a window to the past from the mountain vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina.

NICOLÁS CATENA ZAPATA CRUS

La Pirámide cru

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Agrelo
  • Clay soil
  • 9 Hectares
  • Planted in 1982
  • Altitude: 950 meters a.s.l

Adrianna cru

  • Malbec
  • Gualtallary, Uco Valley
  • Calcareous soil with gravels
  • 7 Hectares
  • Planted in 1992
  • Altitude: 1450 meters a.s.l

Nicasia cru

  • Malbec and Cabernet Franc
  • Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley
  • Large gravel mixed with sand and loam
  • 5 Hectares
  • Planted in 1996
  • Altitude: 1095 meters a.s.l

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Wine Director: Alejandro Vigil
  • Winemaker: Fernando Buscema
  • Varietal: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 13.60%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 grams/liter
  • pH: 3.58
  • Unfined and unfiltered.

VINIFICATION

The harvest is done by hand, and some parcels are fermented as whole bunches to enhance tannic structure and freshness. The fermentation takes place in 500 liter oak barrels, concrete and stainless-steel tanks, at temperatures of 26-28ºC for about 10-15 days. The post-fermentative maceration lasts between 5 and 10 days. The wine carries out its malolactic fermentation and is then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Nicolás Catena Zapata has an intense dark violet color with blue-black tones. A complex wine with delicate aromas of black cherry and licorice, it is enlivened by minerals, violet, spice, and herbs. The palate is sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavors.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Decanter – 97 points

The 2016 vintage is a classic example, a superb blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 31% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc that’s still in its infancy. Subdued aromas of cassis, black cherries and nuanced herbaceous and tobacco notes. A lovely fluid entrance builds on concentration and complexity. Malbec’s seductive juiciness joins a vertical Cabernet structure, tannins and integrated oak, with a long, lingering finish. A wine to wait for.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 96 points

The 2016 Nicolás Catena Zapata has not been released, and they are going to sell the 2017 before it. This is the one wine, together with the Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec, that is sold through the négoce in Bordeaux for Europe and Asia. This is backward, serious and austere, with terrific balance and great length. This is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary and 31% Malbec from Nicasia. There is also some 8% Cabernet Franc that seems to add a touch, and in 2016, it didn’t need irrigation because there was enough rain. This seems to follow the style of the 2013, a little tight, perhaps because of the Cabernets. This is nuanced and complex, with very good integration of the varieties and the oak, fruit, acidity and mineral texture. One of the best vintages for this bottling.?

 


James Suckling – 95 points

This a rich and flavorful red, showing blackcurrants and tobacco. Full-bodied, soft and fruity with bright and spicy, oyster-shell and fresh-herb character. Serious cabernet blend.

 

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