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Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia 2013 - 2017 DWWA review
Catena Zapata wines are made from a meticulous vine selection from the best, historic rows of the Catena Zapata Family Estate Vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand-tended and produce extremely low yields. These wines are made in very limited quantities.
Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s prefered Malbec location.
100% whole cluster and 90% whole berry fruit is hand-loaded into 225-500 liter new French oak barrels for a 100% barrel fermentation for a period of 15 days, allowing seamless oak integration. The fermentation temperature is kept low, extracting intense aromas, and the cap management is done by hand to ensure soft, gentle flavours and tannin extraction. Wild yeasts. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, followed by 24 months of aging in bottle before release.
This is a classic example of Malbec in its finest form, with deep, dark black cherry and plum fruit, toasty oak, cinnamon, violets, incense and truffle. A full-bodied wine, perfectly balanced and elegant.