Fortuna Terrae Malbec, Adrianna Vineyard 2018

Catena Zapata

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae comes from deeper soils with clay and limestone planted in 1992 in Gualtallary. The grapes were picked a little later in 2018, as they had higher yields, to achieve better acidity. It fermented with 50% full clusters in 225-liter oak barrels and 500-liter roll fermentors and matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. It reveals some austerity and subtle aromas, red and black fruit, some spice and a medium to full-bodied palate with good tension and some austerity, developing a shy note of thyme after some time in the glass. It's very balanced and tasty.

Score: 97

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2021 - 2027 01 March 2021

Catena Zapata works with specific parcels from their Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary – in this case, Lot 6. Fermented in French barrels and aged for 18 months, this Malbec presents a typical profile for a cold area. It offers sweet and sour cherry and violet aromas with hints of lavender and sage; the attractive perfume is underlined by the oak. The nuanced profile features a palate of fine, well-integrated, juicy tannins made more expressive by salinity, along with a lengthy raspberry aftertaste.

Score: 94 - 94

, Maturity: 2020-2030 01 October 2020

The aromatics here really seduce you with their blackberry and dried-strawberry notes and undertones of wet earth, green tea, dried flowers, stones and dust. Full bodied, tight and very focused with similarly complex character on the palate. More muscle than many previous vintages of this. Extremely long and juicy. Needs at least four or five years to come together. Try after 2024.

Score: 98

James Suckling, Maturity: 2024+ 13 February 2020