Catena Chardonnay 2016

Bodega Catena Zapata

For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. Laura Catena, great-granddaughter of winery founder Nicola Catena, has created a richly textured Chardonnay blend with floral notes, ripe tropical-fruit flavors, a strong mineral character and excellent acidity. Catena Chardonnay is sourced from three of the family´s vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Tupungato. In Agrelo, in Luján de Cuyo, the La Pirámide Vineyard grapes lend the wine ripe citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors. Fruit from the Domingo Vineyard in the Villa Bastías district of Tupungato emphasizes those stone fruit flavors and gives the wine its rich texture and mouthfeel. The high-altitude Adrianna Vineyard in the Gualtallary district of Tupungato produces grapes with lively floral notes, a pronounced minerality, and a crisp, cool-climate acidity. From the marriage of these historic parcels emerges a wine of a unique character that has natural balance, concentration, and a distinct varietal identity.

Tasting Notes

The 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 delicated note of vanilla. The mouthfeel is clean, with a fresh, clean acidity.

Food Pairing

This wine would be a fantastic companion a variety of poultry dishes, dishes finished with a Nantua sauce, or to a rich seafood dish like Shrimp and Herb Risotto.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Domingo, La Pirámide, and Adrianna vineyards
Soil composition:
Gravel and Stony
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
3,117-4,757 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200
Yield/acre:
2.5-3 tons
Exposure:
Northwestern
Harvest time:
March-April
First vintage of this wine:
1991
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Maceration technique:
Battonage
Malolactic fermentation:
Partial
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New-Two years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
10 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months

Other Wines you may like from

Bodega Catena Zapata

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Zapata White Bones Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based Blends

View Details

Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based Blends

View Details

Nicolás Catena Zapata

Cabernet Sauvignon-based Blends

View Details

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino

Malbec

View Details

Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Alta Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

View Details

Catena Alta Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based Blends

View Details

Catena Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo

Cabernet Sauvignon

View Details

Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Malbec La Consulta

Malbec

View Details

Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Franc-based Blends

View Details

Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based Blends

View Details

Catena Vista Flores Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Vista Flores Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

View Details

Catena Vista Flores Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based Blends

View Details

Catena Malbec

Malbec

View Details

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

View Details

D.V. Catena Tinto Historico Red Blend

Other Red Grape or Blend

View Details