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2016 CATENA Alta Chardonnay

CATENA Alta Chardonnay 2016

44.25* CAD

$44.25* * Suggested retail price

  • 14 case(s) available

  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio
  • Trialto
  • Product code
  • Product code
  • 521856
  • Format
  • Format
  • 6x750ml
  • Listing type
  • Listing type
  • Speculative
  • Status
  • Status
  • Available
  • Country
  • Country
  • Argentina
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Geographical Indication (GI)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Subregion
  • Mendoza
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Chardonnay 100 %
  • Alcohol Level
  • Alcohol Level
  • 13%
  • Color
  • Color
  • White
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • Closure type
  • Closure type
  • Cork
  • Aging vessel type
  • Aging vessel type
  • French oak barrels
  • Length of aging
  • Length of aging
  • 14 months
  • Total acidity
  • Total acidity
  • 7 g/l
  • PH
  • PH
  • 3.18
  • About this winery

    At heart, Catena is a story about family. Family who poured their lives, passion and spirit into transforming scrub-laden desert into some of the most beautiful and unique vineyards in the world. Family that passed their knowledge from generation to generation, blending collective memory with state-of-the-art science from the new world of viticulture. Family who, through risk-taking, faith and a little luck, transformed their treasured Mendoza terroir into the fountainhead of the award-winning...

    See the CATENA detail page for more information on this brand

  • Viticultural notes

    Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family State vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the combination of sounds that create a symphony, gives us highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the terroir and the vines that have been tended by the four generations of the Catena Family. "Alta" means high in Spanish. This makes reference to the high altitude vineyards from where the grapes are sourced, and to the high end wines that are produced with this special grapes.

  • Winemaking notes

    Whole clusters are pressed, and then 100% fermented in 500 L French oak barrels with natural yeasts at low temperatures. Wild yeasts. Aged for 14 months in French oak. 30% does not undergo malolactic fermentation. First, second and third use barrels used.

Press reviews

  • - 94 Points -

    June 2019

    The base of this chardonnay (at least 80%) comes from the Adrianna Vineyard, and the red is from the Domingo Vineyard in Villa Bastìas, also high up in the Uco Valley. This vineyard also provides the grapes for White Stones and White Bones, Catena’s top chardonnays. In a very cold vintage like 2016 (the coldest since the 1950’s, according to official records), this wine is especially nervy, juicy-fresh, and sharp, but it still has this wine’s classic creamy character.

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  • - 92 Points -

    June 2018

    ...It has a dark golden color and an impressive nose with ripe yellow fruit and some notes of botrytis but with a completely dry palate. It's round, lush and exotic, with the grapes taken from deeper soils and slightly warmer parts of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. It's quite marked by the oak, but it should evolve nicely and in a classical Burgundian way in bottle.

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  • - 91 Points -

    March 2018

    Lovely pineapple and coconut nose. Ripe and supple with an attractively silky texture. Good length with some toasty notes at the finish.

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  • - 90 Points -

    May 2018

    There’s a little bit of botrytis in this blend of grapes from Villa Bastías and Gualtallary,
    adding to the impression of exotic, almost tropical fruit flavours. Honey, toffee fudge and
    sweet oak combine appealingly on the palate of this soft, peachy white.

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  • - 90 Points -

    July 2018

    (13.7% alcohol; aged on its lees for 14 months in 20% new 500-liter barrels, down from a normal 35%; half of the wine went through malolactic fermentation): Captivating Chablis-like aromas of white peach, orange zest, minerals and flowers, plus a hint of resiny oak. There's an underlying thickness of texture and a restrained sweetness here but today the wine is classically dry and quite closed. The long, gripping finish suggests that this Chardonnay will benefit from a year or two of patience.

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  • - 90 Points -

    July 2018

    (13.7% alcohol; aged on its lees for 14 months in 20% new 500-liter barrels, down from a normal 35%; half of the wine went through malolactic fermentation): Captivating Chablis-like aromas of white peach, orange zest, minerals and flowers, plus a hint of resiny oak. There's an underlying thickness of texture and a restrained sweetness here but today the wine is classically dry and quite closed. The long, gripping finish suggests that this Chardonnay will benefit from a year or two of patience.

    See detailed press review