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Chardonnay Alta 2021 - Catena Zapata
Catena Zapata


  Argentina / Mendoza
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A great Chardonnay from the Grand Cru vineyards of South America!


Why do we love it?

Catena Zapata winery has repeatedly swept awards from Decanter, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for its quality and style. Chardonnay Alta - Catena Zapata belongs to the "most popular wine brand in the world", as declared in 2020 by Drinks International and the year 2021 got 94pts from Vinous and 92pts from Wine Advocate! Also won the first place award for the best vineyards in the world!

Catena Zapata was founded in 1902 by Nicola Catena and stood out for the way it managed to highlight the exceptional terroirs of Argentina at very high altitudes, at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza. He was the first to grow the famous Argentine Malbec, but he soon discovered the excellent performance of other varieties, such as Chardonnay. Today the winery is run by the fourth generation of the family and through the philosophy of "High Altitude Vineyards", it has become a huge name in Argentine viticulture and one of the largest vineyard owners in the region.

In the Catena Alta wines, the grapes come from the winery's highest vineyards, at an altitude of almost 1500 meters. This is so rare that it actually had to be labeled on the wine and thus got the name 'Alta' which means ‘high’ in Spanish! The famous Adrianna and Domingo vineyards are considered the Grand Cru of South America because they combine elements that are not found elsewhere in Mendoza. Calcareous soils and cool climate. It is "the garden of Eden" for Chardonnay, where it gives its best fruity and mineral character!

Whole clusters are pressed and the wine is fermented with natural wild yeasts under controlled temperatures, in 500 liter French oak barrels. It matures in French oak barrels (1st, 2nd and 3rd use) for 14 months. 70% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation, which means simply, awesome buttery mouthfeel and at the same time fruity aromas that make you wonder if you want to drink it or eat it!

Winery experts say that the best time to drink a Catena Alta is 3 years after harvest (ie now!) and within the next two decades. And we intend to listen to them!









Tastes Like

In the glass it has an intense yellow color, almost golden, with greenish reflections. Very intense clean aromas of pear and stone fruit, mainly white-fleshed peach. Mild citrus aromas such as lime and lemon zest. At the end, notes of jasmine and orange blossom appear.

In the mouth it has great concentration and rich aromas of ripe fruit, with intense minerality. Complex with buttery, caramel characteristics that come into perfect balance due to the crisp acidity. Full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and long pleasant aftertaste.

Technical stuff
Color White
Type Dry
Year 2021
Alcohol 13.5%
Origin Mendoza, Argentina
Variety Chardonnay
Aromas Pear, peach, lime, lemon zest, jasmine, orange blossom
Bottle Size 750 ml
Barrique 14 months
Serving temperature 10°C
Aging 8+ years
Closure Cork
Organic No



Pair it with large grilled fish or slow-roasted lamp with potatoes and rosemary.

Chicken Piccata

  • 2 chicken fillets (breast or thigh)
  • 3 tbsps. of butter
  • 3 juicy lemons
  • 150 ml. white wine (preferably Sauvignon blanc or Assyrtiko)
  • 150 ml. chicken broth, hot
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Flour for all purposes
  • Capers
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

First mush up, in a mortar, a pinch of salt, a few peppercorns, some lemon zest and 1 1/ tablespoon of olive oil.

Cut the fillets along with a sharp knife, creating 2 slices of each breast.

Brush the fillets with the mortar mixture by lightly massage the chicken and then flour the fillets.

In a large pan add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When they heat up, we sauté the chicken until it gets a nice golden color and we remove it from the pan.

In the same pan add the broth and the wine. Allow to boil and then put the fillets back into the pan.

Leave it to high heat until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.  As long as the sauce cools, it will thicken even more, so do not let the whole sauce evaporate.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter, the lemon juice from the two lemons and a few slices of lemon, shake the pan and add the capers.

Remove it from the fire, add chopped parsley and serve with thin pasta, rice or boiled potatoes!



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