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CATENA ZAPATA NICASIA VINEYARD MALBEC 2008 CATENA ZAPATA NICASIA VINEYARD MALBEC 2008

The Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia Vineyard is one of the three top-tier Malbecs first released by the winery. The wine exemplifies Nicolás Catena's success and pioneering research with the Malbec grape in Mendoza. A classic Malbec displaying all the deep, dark and brooding fruit, but with a lovely violet perfume that is the signature of this variety.


VINEYARD
The Nicasia Vineyard is a small, specially selected number of rows in Lot 1 of the Catena family's Altamira Vineyard. Planted in 1996, the Malbec vines are on own roots and part of a massal population from the Catena family's historic, 80 year old Angelica vineyard.

Early shoot removal in September and a cluster thinning on December 15 lead to an extremely low yield of 1.2 tons per acre (2.5 tons per hectare). With plantation density of 1,925 plants per acre (4,000 plants per hectare), this translates into a yield of 22 ounces (625 grams) per plant.

GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Malbec

VINIFICATION
The 2008 vintage shows exceptional levels of concentration and complexity. Climate conditions were exceptionally dry. This caused the physiological ripening of sugars to accelerate but the phenological ripening of polyphenols to slow down. In late January, some precipitation moved in which lowered temperatures and brought the physiological and phenological ripening processes back into synchronization. April has been dry and very cool. The grapes still on the vine are developing very nicely and will be harvested in excellent sanitary conditions, with exceptional levels of concentration and complexity.

De-stemmed, whole berry fruit is hand loaded into 225 litre new French oak barrels; 100% barrel fermented for seamless oak integration; Low fermentation temperatures extract intense aromas; all cap management done by hand for soft, gentle flavour and tannin extraction; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment.

TASTING NOTE
Catena Zapata Nicasia 2008 is a dark red violet Malbec. Ripe black fruits, sweet spices and thyme are some of the aromas that we can appreciate from this special malbec from one of the Catena´s highest family vineyards. Very complex and expressive palate, with lovely violet flavours, dark berries, licquorice, bitter chocolate and Christmas cake.


CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    14% (10.5 units per bottle)




Per Bottle 36.95

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