Catena Zapata

Catena Zapata Nicolas 2019, Mendoza

R2,895

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

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Critics Top Rating

98 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

2019

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

Adrianna cru

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

Nicasia cru

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

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Wine Director: Alejandro Vigil
  • Winemaker: Fernando Buscema
  • Varietal: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 28% Cabernet franc
  • Alcohol: 13.70%
  • Total Acidity: 5.7 grams/liter
  • pH: 3.68

VINIFICATION

The harvest is done by hand and the fermentation takes place in small 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 the malolactic fermentation and is then aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. At the end of our winter Dr. Nicolás Catena Zapata oversees the final blend before bottling.

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 – 96 points

Deep, concentrated, bramble and blackcurrant fruit cut through by a racy breeziness of Christmas spices, forest floor and fresh herbs. So youthful, dense and luxurious with an impressive intensity and racy acidity, though at the moment the sweet vanilla oak is quite overt. Imposing tannins, lingering perfume and mouthwatering juiciness, this will age superbly.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 96 points

The 2019 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna Vineyard), 30% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia Vineyard) and a high percentage of Cabernet Franc (28%), also from Adrianna, which took the place of Cabernet Sauvignon. It fermented in small oak barrels, concrete and stainless steel tanks with a short post-fermentative maceration. Élevage was in first and second-use French oak barrels and lasted for 18 months, including malolactic. Best after 2025.


James Suckling – 98 points

This has a complex nose of baked blackberries, grilled plums, dried earth, moss, pine cones, sandalwood, charcoal and cloves. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tightly knit tannins. Wow. So much going on. Layered, seamless and silky. Incredible length. Keeps going. 42% cabernet sauvignon, 30% malbec and 28% cabernet franc.

 

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