Natual wine producer.
The vineyards and winery are in the Uco Valley in a top terroir called Vista Flores. The winey and vineyards are part of a whole biodynamic farm.
Tikal Natural is both organically certified and Demeter certified.
Tikal was founded by Ernesto Catena, a 4th generation winemaker of the famous Catena family. The parents produce the eponymous Catena brand
and their children Ernesto and Laura Catena each have their own winery. Ernesto has “Tikal” and Laura has “Luca”.
60% Malbec 40% Syrah Aged for 12 in French oak. 25% is new
91 rating Wine Advocate “I also tasted the 2015 Natural, which was a good chance to compare the two vintages of this Malbec with 30% Syrah from Vista Flores. All their wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts and there are no corrections, so the wines show the character of the vintage faithfully. This is the wine that seems to have had less influence from the élevage, showing the work they do in the vineyard. 2015 was a cooler vintage and it resulted in a fresher wine, with good acidity and a fruit-driven nose. It has intense flavors, nice fruit and a very good core of acidity. Very good. 47,000 bottles produced.” Luis Gutierrez
Ernesto Catena spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza learning from his father, Argentine winemaking pioneer Nicolás Catena. Tikal, named after the spiritual Mayan ruins in Guatemala, is also Ernesto’s son’s name. This is his personal project where vineyards are biodynamic. I met with Ernesto and his winemaker, Alejandro Kuschnarof,f to taste through their 2014 and 2015 wines. All their wines are Malbec-based blends.