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Nicols Catena Zapata 2008 Nicolás Catena Zapata 2008

The Nicolás Catena Zapata is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec sourced from the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza. The first vintage was released in 2000 through a series of blind tastings held in the USA and Europe where it was compared to Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, Solaia, Caymus and Opus One. This wine is only produced in outstanding vintage years and this vintage has received

98 points from Robert Parker.

The core Cabernet Sauvignon fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard. With exceptional homogeneity and balance, these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes offer rich cassis flavours, supple texture and excellent structure.

Two components of Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Lot 2 of Domingo Vineyard and Lot 5 of Adrianna Vineyard. These higher altitude cooler climate vineyards provide fruit with ripe red currant flavours, strong mineral tones and notes of eucalyptus and black pepper.

The core Malbec fruit component was sourced from Lot 3 of the Adrianna Vineyard; the highest Malbec vineyard in Mendoza. This extremely cold, mountain microclimate produces exceptionally concentrated Malbec grapes with dark fruit flavours, perfumed violet aromas and well-structured tannins.

A second component is sourced from Lot 1 of the southerly located Nicasia vineyard. Another cool area for Malbec, the fruit from this vineyard presents ripe cassis flavours and well-balanced, racy acidity.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec

De-stemmed, whole berry fruit is hand loaded into 225 litre new French oak barrels; 50% barrel fermented and 50% bin fermented; low fermentation temperatures extract intense aromas;.

All cap management is done by hand for soft, gentle flavour and tannin extraction; alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel leaves considerable lees and sediment.

Fermentation: In vertical 225 litre open barrels and small 500 litre tanks with manual punch-downs.

Aging: 24 months in 100% new French oak.

Nicolas Catena Zapata 2008 has an intense dark violet colour with bluish-black tones. Complex wine; Super-ripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and liquorice, enlivened by minerals, violet, pepper and herbs. Then penetrating, sharply delineated and impressively concentrated, with a serious backbone supporting its very fresh currant and mineral flavours; the vibrant, echoing finish suggests that this wine will have even more to say in a couple of years.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    14% (10.5 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 59.99


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