Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec Mendoza 2011


Zapata Argentino is a blend of historic Malbec vineyards, Adrianna and Nicasia. Already a standout wine from the range, 11 was a particularly good release.

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Catena Zapata Argentino is a blend of Catena Zapata’s historic Malbec vineyards, Adrianna and Nicasia. A meticulous vine selection, the grapes for Zapata Argentino come from within the best, historic rows of these family estate vineyards. Both dense and fleshy, perfumed and savoury with great structure driving the whole bus, this is a standout wine from the range. It looks lovely now however it’ll look more lovely in 10 years from now. Pair it with slow cooked ribs.

The Catena family are pioneers of Mendoza. They have carved out a fine empire based on making quality wines from the region that put Argentina on the wine map. Since their large land holdings give them access to some of the the great sites of Mendoza, the resulting wines are outstanding. At the lower level the wines are probably a bit simple but not a bad wine is released here. Most of all I suggest you taste the Malbec based wines because they truly stand out.


Without question the jewel in the crown of Argentina. A large region. Lots of young and innovative producers have moved in and are slowly mapping out sub-regions and single vineyards of note. Look out for great Malbec but lots of experimentation means you can find all sorts of wonderful wines.


Native to South West France, Malbec is a minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. It makes wines that are intense, tannic, dark fruited with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat.

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