Nicolas Catena Zapeta is an extremely deserved winner of a lifetime achievement award from the wine enthusiast. His seach for perfection and innovation helped put Argentina on the wine map and inspired a generation of Argentinian winemakers. However, it doesn’t just stop at Nicolas. His daughter, Dr Laura Catena, has taken charge of the estate and the name has gone from strength to strength under her stewardship. A medical doctor, winemaker and figure of inspiration, Laura is a one-off. She has become an icon in the world of wine and continues to push boundaries and make incredible wines.
The Catena approach has always been terroir first, which is how they have uncovered some of the finest land Argentina has to offer. The Addriana vineyard is thought of as the Grand Cru of South America – the wines from here are simply sensational.
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, 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. This full-bodied red wine has a rich mouthfeel and a soft, silky texture. Flavours of cassis and blackcurrant fruit dominate the palate, with hints of chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. This is a big wine that will definitely satisfy any malbec fan.