Nicolas Catena Zapata has been at the forefront of the vanguard of Argentinean Malbec, his pioneering vision has elevated the region’s wines worldwide. In 2001 Nicolas introduced Catena Zapata to a series of blind tastings in London and in the US. He pitted his wine against First Growths and many of the world’s other leading wines and Catena Zapata came first or second in every tasting. In 2004, following on from this truly remarkable achievement, Catena Zapata became the first Argentinian wine to receive 98 points from Robert Parker: it is considered the ne plus ultra of Argentinian Malbec.
We are delighted to offer the most recent release of his eponymously named Nicolas Catena Zapata, the superb 2016. It is the Estate’s flagship wine and this year has been awarded 95 points from James Suckling. It is priced today on release at £270 per case of six, which offers excellent value for money, the average price of secondary market stock going back 10 years is £380 per six. Less than 5,000 cases were made with a small quantity making their way to Europe. The wine has a synthesises of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc. It has a higher preponderance of Cabernet Sauvignon showing Nicolas’ love for fusing the Old World and the New.
The 2016 is derived from the stunning single vineyards La Piramide, Adrianna and Nicasia. It was this cuvee that set the standard of quality against its French counterparts in 2004 and now serves as the blueprint from premium Argentinian wine. Meticulously built from a series of 210 separate row micro-fermentations across four vineyards, the wine is fermented with wild yeasts in new French oak and aged for a further four years in barrel and bottle. The value for money here is utterly superb, it is simply a knockout wine.
Rarer still are Zapata’s three separate bottlings from the Adrianna Vineyard which were introduced with this vintage. We are delighted to offer the Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2016, a wine that has been awarded 97 points, one of the highest in the history of Argentinian wine. Made from select vines on the tiny 1.4-hectare plot, 5,000 feet high over shallow limestone soils. The name pays tribute to its unique terroir, rich in rhizobacteria, and can be translated as “elegant microbes of the earth”. This is an exceptionally rare wine, only 3,360 bottles were produced in 2016 – a smaller production than Romanee-Conti. Heralding from a truly exceptional terroir and from the greatest producer, this has to be a candidate for one of the greatest 100% Malbecs on earth.
Catena Zapata is a “guarantee of quality” according to The Wine Advocate and offers incredible value despite their rarity. We highly recommend this world beating Argentinean wines.
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