This month’s competition is sponsored by Bodega Catena Zapata, one of Argentina and world’s top wine estates. Family-run to this day, Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura carry on traditions that began when Nicolás’ grandfather, an Italian immigrant, planted their first vines in Mendoza. Laura has recently completed a fascinating animated movie titled ‘The Rebirth of Malbec‘, which tells the story of Malbec in Argentina and of the Catena family.
From their very high altitude vineyards Catena produces wines of world renown, their Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet has been called the ‘Grand Cru of South America’. Jancis Robinson is quoted as saying “Nicolás Catena is justly credited with putting Argentinean wines on the world map – by the best expedient of focusing entirely on quality.”
Tom Cannavan has been lucky enough to visit the estate several times, and though awarding top scores to their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and of course their superb Nicolás Catena Zapata blend, there is no doubt that the Malbec variety has become synonymous with the Catena name.
This month’s prize is a whole case (12 bottles) of the delicious Catena Malbec, which will be delivered to our winner along with a copy of Laura’s acclaimed book, ‘Vino Argentino’.