Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholas Catena and his daughter Laura. Malbec continues to be the estates focus and the wineries pristine vineyards lie at the base of the Andes on soils of sand, lime and stone at altitudes between 920 and 1120 metres above sea level. Over the last 20 years, the fastidous vineyard work of Nicholas and Laura has paid dividends and Catena Zapata is now one of Argentina's most famous estates. Lush, beautifully created wines are what you can expect from Catena Zapata.
Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, pears, peaches, and white flowers with a strong minerality and a delicate note of vanilla. The mouthfeel is clean, with a fresh, clean acidity.
Catena makes some of the best Chardonnays in the southern hemisphere, excelling even at this comparatively modest price level. Combining fruit from the Uco Valley with 10% from Agrelo, it’s a modern, yeasty, citrus-tinged style with very subtle wood and pithy acidity. Rating: 93 Points; Tim Atkins MW
This is really bright and vivid with blazing acidity, combined with ripe and rich fruit. Cooked apples and pie crust. Very flavorful finish. Almost sweet and sour character. Drink now. Rating: 92 Points; James Suckling
From renown producer, Catena, a dry, full-bodied and well-priced Argentinean Chardonnay with ripe pear, apple, soft tropical fruit, butter crust and apple pie spice flavours on the palate. Finishes creamy, long and vibrant. Pair with roasted stuffed chicken, seared scallops, pasta with primavera sauce, fish and chips. Rating: 92 Points; Natalie MacLean
The balsamic, smoky and spicy white 2018 Catena Chardonnay is a blend of different vineyards matured in oak barrels for ten months. A fresh and varietal bottling with good balance; the wine comes through as a balanced combination of fruit and oak with a pleasant mouthfeel. It's really excellent for the price asked. Rating: 91 Points; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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