Catena Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay 2016

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Mendoza Province is Argentina’s most important winemaking region with approximately 167,704 hectares (414,405 acres) of vineyards, accounting for 70% of the country’s Wine production. Within the Mendoza appellation there are distinct sub-appellations, legally recognized as “Indicaciones Geográficas” (IGs). Through extraordinary diversity in soil quality, altitude, and climate, Mendoza’s sub-appellation/IGs are essential in defining the terroir of Argentine wine. 
Wines labeled from a particular appellation/IG must be sourced 100% from vineyards in the IG.

Tasting Notes

The Tupungato has the unique expression of cool and high altitude vineyard sites.  Tupungato vineyards lend citrus notes with a crisp finish and a rich unctuous mouthfeel.  The wine has a beautiful pear and citrus flavors with crisp fresh minerality.  The wine is a delicate greenish color with light yellow notes.  The aroma is of fresh white peaches and pineapples and jasmine and magnolia.  The mouthfeel is tangible and rich yet clean and fresh on the finish. 

Food Pairing

Enjoy this rich and fragrant wine as an aperitif before dinner or paired with fish, fowl or pork.  The richness of the wine pairs beautifully with almost any meal.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Tupungato
Vineyard size:
100 acres
Soil composition:
Sandy-Loam
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
3,960 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200
Yield/acre:
2.4 tons
Exposure:
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted:
n/a
Harvest time:
april
First vintage of this wine:
2009
Bottles produced of this wine:
60,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
16 days
Fermentation temperature:
80 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
32 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
9 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months

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