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The elegance and power of an Argentinian red wine
In 1902, the pioneering Nicola Catena founded the Bodega Catena Zapata and planted his first plot of Malbec vines in the exceptional vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina.
This family-owned estate, constantly seeking excellence, experienced a new boom when it was taken over in the 1960s by Nicolás Catena Zapata. Wishing to revolutionise the production methods of Argentinian wines, Nicolás Catena Zapata was inspired by the vinification of Napa Valley wines and revealed new high-altitude terroirs in order to enhance the expression of the grape varieties.
Nicknamed "The Grand Cru of South America," Bodega Catena Zapata is an international major name recognised by critics for the finesse and elegance of its Argentinian wines.
Bodega Catena Zapata's Nicasia 2019 is a Mendoza wine from the eponymous vineyard, located at an altitude of 1,100 metres in the La Consula district and planted from the estate's own massal selections. This terroir, made up of silty soils on a gravelly subsoil, was considered by Nicolás Catena's father to be ideal for Malbec, thanks in particular to its draining capacity.
Winemaking and ageing
Fermentation in entire bunches (10%) in 100% new French oak barrels for a period of 17 days to allow a good integration of the wood. The fermentation took place at a low temperature from indigenous yeasts and each handling was done delicately to extract texture, tannins and aromas as gently as possible. The wine was then left in barrels on its lees for a period of 24 months followed by a further 24 months of rest after bottling.
Characteristics and tasting tips for Nicasia 2019 from Bodega Catena Zapata
The wine has an intense crimson colour.
Rich and complex, the nose unviles woody and toasted notes embellished with touches of spice, violet, incense, black truffle and black cherry.
The palate is rich and intense, mingling power and elegance.
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