Sauvignon Blanc 2011
||Produced in San
Juan – 90 miles north of Mendoza. Second
biggest wine producing region, warmer than Mendoza.
Dry, warm climate makes well suited to organics. Zonda Valley is quality subregion as mountains
on its east and west sides mean that whilst it has high daytime
temperatures it cools rapidly at night preserving acidity.
Intis is the local sun god.
unrelated to Terrantez or to Spanish (Galicia) Torrontes.
DNA profiling suggests it is a cross between Muscat of
Alexandria and Mission. Cafayate vineyards
in Salta. Region right in north of
Argentina at very high altitudes – the vineyards for this wine
are 1100metres above sea level. Climate is
much cooler than latitude would suggest. Argentina’s
premium Torrontes region. Family owned,
medium sized – 800,000 cases. Mirrored
wider Argentine wine industry with move from bulk to quality wine
production in 1980s.
ferment (14-16 degrees) with 25% wine aged 6 months in French oak. 6g/l residual sugar. Mendoza. 10 times the size of Zuccardi,
Bibendum helped establish 1998.
sixth most planted grape (Malbec, Bonarda, Cab, Merlot, Syrah). Around a fifth the plantings of Malbec. Long associated with bulk wine production
enjoying a minor renaissance as an alternative to Malbec.
style with long vat ageing and some Tannat(5%) in the blend. Also includes some Merlot (20%) to soften it
|Around 20% 6
months in 60% French/40% American oak. Large
export focussed winery.
Single Vineyard Malbec 2006
120 miles south Santiago. Malbec
originally planted as a blending component (used in Bordeaux). 2006 long cool vintage. 12
months in both French and American oak. Small
quantities of other Bordeaux varieties blended each year.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
established 1902. Nicolas Catena took over
from his father in 1960s when viticulture struggling.
Taught economics at Berkeley in early 1980s and experience
of Napa led him to seek to replicate that quality in Argentina. He was the first to plant at higher altitudes
in Mendoza and in the less fertile soils in the west of the region as
he sought quality over quantity. Blend of
two vineyards at different altitudes. 14
months in oak 80% French (30% new) and 20% new American.
Winemaking is now controlled by Nicolas’s daughter
Malbec. 18 months in 60% new barrels. Fruit sourced from Catena’s best
vineyards with team from Lafite advising on winemaking and blending.