|Goes well with||Barbecue, Beef, Blue Cheese, Cheeses, Game, Lamb, Roast Chicken, Roast Meats, Roast Turkey|
|Drinking style||Big, bold, powerful|
The Catena family has conducted extensive research into the soils and microclimates of Mendoza's high altitude wine country in the foothills of the Andes mountains. At different altitudes, the family’s Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavours: the ripe plum fruit flavours and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (2,850’ elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Pirámide vineyard (3,100’ elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the Altamira vineyard (3,870’ elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (5,000’). So, the blend of these components is an attempt to make a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity. And it really works! The 2008 Catena
Malbec shows a dark violet colour with deep bluish - black tones. The nose has ripe, concentrated dark fruit aromas with delicate floral notes and traces of vanilla and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit flavours layered with sweet spices, tobacco and a touch of leather. The finish is soft with supple tannins that have bright, crisp acidity and a flinty minerality which gives the wine exceptional length.
Now for the techy stuff... The fruit for the Catena Malbec undergoes a short pre-fermentation, cold maceration for 5 days at a temperature of 48° F. This process allows for excellent extraction of aromas and colours. The juice is then fermented between 75 - 80°F. These moderate temperatures allow for wonderful mid-palate extraction while avoiding any harsh or bitter tannins.
The wine is aged in a blend of French and American oak for 12 months, with 35% new oak adding wonderful layers of complexity but without ever dominating the drinking experience. Wonderful!