Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to south-western France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.
Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment, the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine. Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.
Navarra Correas Los Arboles Gran Malbec
2 x 75cl Bottles
*** Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge ***
*** 93 Points - James Suckling ***
*** 90 Points - Wine Spectator ***
With the purpose of finding high-quality grapes for the production of noble wines, Navarro Correas sought selected micro climates in Mendoza, located 830 m above sea level, to grow special Grapes for wine production, such as the Tunuyan, Tupungato, Maipu, Ugarteche, Pedriel and Agrelo areas, that are irrigated by mineral-rich waters from the Melted snows coming down the Andes slopes. Navarro Correas stands out for the careful selection of grapes and the use of a special vinification process, including techniques that respect the traditional methods while combining them with state-of-the-art technologies to produce world-class wines.The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region contained the ideal and unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines.
"This traditional French Malbec has polished tannins and a round, approachable mouthfeel. It has light notes of oak aging mixed with ripe fruit and a dry finish and a slight minerality. It pairs nicely with heavier meats and game as well as dishes with rich, buttery sauces."
Gold 92 Score, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Silver, 2018 Berlin International Wine Competition
Catena Malbec - 93 Points James Suckling, 91 Points The Wine Advocate, 91 Points Tim Atkin
RRP: €20 per bottle
2 x 75cl bottles
According to Jancis Robinson, Nicolás Catena Zapata is the man credited with putting Argentine Malbec on the global wine map. Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The Catena wines are a special blend of vineyards at the higher altitude. The wine is made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. This wine is made from fruit sourced from four different vineyards. The grapes are divided into lots that are harvested at different times. All the vineyards are found at high altitudes:
In 1999 they produced their first “Piedra Negra” (named after the black foothills of the Andes). Even from the first vintage it was all they hoped it would be, complex, fine and elegant with a purity of flavour. Today this wine has become one of the world’s benchmark Malbecs.
Total RRP: €214.00
Mixed Case Price: €189.00
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