The the partnership between Rothschild and Catena was born in 1999.
The Catena family has been producing wines for three generations, their vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of Mendoza has ranked them amongst Argentina’s most renown Malbec producers.
Grapes are harvested by hand, carefully selected, de-stemmed and crushed before being placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Pumping-over and maceration lasts from 12 to 15 days. Aruma is aged in tanks in order to preserve its fruit-driven style and allow the varietal characteristic of the Malbec to come through.
Aruma means the night in Quechua, the local dialect, expressing the intense darkness of the Andean nights and the depth of colour that characterises the Malbec grape.
The nose reveals aromas of plum and red fruit. The palate is fresh and elegant, with remarkable balance between tannins, acidity and alcohol. A long, delicate finish and overall a very convivial, attractive wine.
Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Award
91 points – Tim Atkin