Catena Alta Malbec is sourced from small, carefully selected estate-grown lots in four of the Catena family’s Andean vineyards: Angélica vineyard, La Pirámide vineyard, Nicasia vineyard, and Adrianna vineyard. The blend of these historic lots, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations.
Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation steel tanks 500 lts and bins; lots are treated individually; fermentation and maceration time lasts from 10–50 days; the wine finishes alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel; aged for 18 months in French oak, 70% new.
Catena Alta Malbec 2008 shows a saturated dark violet color. The nose offers freshly ground, ripe berry fruits with layers of wild flowers, mocha and tobacco. The mouthfeel is full with excellent weight and concentration with a soft and silky texture. The mid palate offers rich cassis and black currant fruit flavors interwoven with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. It finishes with a wonderful minerality, finely grained tannins and lively acidity.