We had the opportunity to invite Mariela Molinari to The Wine Cellars who is a winemaker at Catena Zapata. They have been established since 1902 and have become one of Argentina’s premier wine makers. Catena’s Alta range has regularly been awarded 90+ points from leading wine authority Robert Parker, making it some of the best value for money wine in the world.
All wines tasted on the night were of outstanding quality and here are my top picks:
Catena ‘Alamos’ Malbec 2009 £7-8 (Available at Majestic, Slurp & other retailers)
A fantastic nose of black cherries, plums, coffee and warm Bakewell tart. With a long, toasty blackcurrant and melted liquorice length on the palate. Amazing value for money!
Catena Chardonnay 2008 £10.95 (Majestic, Slurp)
Many people have steered clear of Chardonnay in recent years but this is sure to get everyone back on side. A delicate, creamy nose that reminded me of freshly cut pineapple. On the palate you get lovely, refreshing green apple, tropical fruit and light creamy finish from auspicious use of oak, again great value for money. Mariela informed us that the soon to be released 2009 is even better, so keep an eye out for that one!
Catena ‘Alta’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 £23.95 (Majestic, Slurp)
Although not the grape variety most associated with Argentina, this was my top wine of the tasting and could easily match up to most old world cabernets at twice the price! A very classy, complex nose showing rich cassis fruit, liquorice, desiccated coconut and after eight mints! Incredibly well balanced on the palate with intense bramble fruit and an amazing length.
Keep an eye out for my top picks next time you’re buying a bottle!
Bye for now,
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