The leading producer of high quality wines from Argentina, Catena Zapata, has released a new beautiful bottle. But while the bottle is new, the content is old. The blend of 60% Sémillon and 40% Chenin Blanc grapes is considered the century-old original white wine blend of Argentina. And it's a really delicious one. While I've focused mainly on Chardonnay the last few years, this has an interesting angle to it. It's very aromatic and fruity, but also with great minerality. It's also fatty and rich, but balances it all with a nice floral touch. This makes it a versatile wine, both great for enjoying alone or to pair it with a variety of foods.
The grapes comes from the Luján de Cuyo appellation, known for its clay rich soils with a layer of round stones on the bottom. Situated at 950 meters above sea, days are warm and night are cool, a perfect micro climate for this wine.
Family vintners for over 100 years, the Catenas are recognized for ther pioneering role in high-altitude viticulture in Argentina. Their winery in Mendoza is shaped like a Mayan pyramid and holds an impressive visitors centre.
In February 2020, just before the pandemic hit, we had an extensive wine trip to Mendoza. You can watch the episodes here.
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