Catena, Alta Malbec


This dense, structured and profound red from high altitude vines in Argentina, is hugely impressive and utterly delicious. With broad tannins and a fine balance of alcohol, flavour concentration and acidity, it is a wine that ages well, showing a mature Argentina that demands respect.

It can be quite easy to become blasé about the different facets of wineries and their vineyards; each one seems to out-do the next in some way, and another has even more of x or y or z... This wine and the range of Catena's Alta wines as a whole, are so, so far removed from the norm that you almost have to view them as wines for the first time in order to be properly wowed as to how incredible their existence really is.

Selected from vineyards and plots within vineyards that are grown up to 1,500 metres above sea level. Selected from 5 specific lots, vinified separately and blended only if they are good enough. That's like taking the pick of a Bordeaux Chateau and only taking the extremes of what you grow in order to make one top Chateau bottling (which, to be fair, is quite often what happens) but doing so at an altitude that is on par with the town of Davos in Switzerland. It's a phenomenal wine-making, as well as a human feat.

With a winemaking history that very few old world wineries possess, let alone in the new world, Catena have achieved international recognition through their pioneering winemaking and vineyard management. With a special relationship to the study of vines at high altitude, they are able to boast a vast range of single vineyard and single site wines across at least four different grape varieties. Their quest for the best from their land isn't a trivial or trendy fad to attract attention and critical acclaim; it really comes from a genuine belief and desire to find the latent properties that this set of terroirs can yield through the lens of each grape that is planted.

Region: Mendoza

Country: Argentina

Grape(s): Malbec

Style: Structured, Powerful, Full, Elegant, Complex, Broad, Bright

Best food matches: Tapas, Steak, Red Meats, Poultry, Hard Cheeses

Alcohol: 14%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.