The Catena 1999 Malbec (from the Lulunta Vineyard) has a deep dark violet color with shades of black. The nose offers intense aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis fruit interlaced with traces of vanilla and tobacco. The mouth feel is soft and smooth with ripe concentrated fruit flavors seamlessly interwoven with notes of pan grille and cedar. The wine has a long and persistent finish of soft velvety tannins.
The Lulunta Vineyard was planted more than 60 years ago with a density of about 5,700 vines/ha. (2,300 vines/acres). The soil, of sand and shallow clay over a stony subsoil, allows for excellent drainage. Trellising is over three wires at a height of 1.75 meters. The results of ideal soil and climate condition together with meticulous pruning, irrigation and canopy management are low yields of small berries with extremely concentrate flavors and round velvety tannins.