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Chakana Winery 'Estate Selection' Malbec 2018
Tim Atkin 93
"Dominated by grapes from Gualtallary and Los Chacayes, with 15 from Paraje Altamira, this is like a version of the Uco Valleys greatest hits. Effortlessly combined by Gabriel Bloise, its a classic expression of a very smart vintage, with just 10 new wood and layers of fresh, bright, chalky blackberry and blueberry fruit."

James Suckling 90
"Crushed plums, mulberries and waxberries with a herbal undertone. Very lifted acidity with crunchy black cherries on the  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #36402
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Tim Atkin 93
"Dominated by grapes from Gualtallary and Los Chacayes, with 15 from Paraje Altamira, this is like a version of the Uco Valleys greatest hits. Effortlessly combined by Gabriel Bloise, its a classic expression of a very smart vintage, with just 10 new wood and layers of fresh, bright, chalky blackberry and blueberry fruit."

James Suckling 90
"Crushed plums, mulberries and waxberries with a herbal undertone. Very lifted acidity with crunchy black cherries on the palate, yet it ends somewhat abruptly. A little steely. Drink now."

Jeb Dunnuck 90
"Also from the estate vineyard in the Uco Valley, the 2018 Malbec Estate is 100 Malbec that was brought up in 70 new French oak. This deeply hued effort has a big bouquet of blue fruits, underbrush, leafy herbs, damp earth, and a touch of rare steak. Complex, meaty, and medium to full-bodied, it has solid purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish."

The Tasting Panel Magazine 93
"From elevations over 5,000 feet, the fruit sourced for this impressive red is grown on sandy loan with calcareous gravels. Aged in new and used French oak (70) and in concrete vats (30) for 12 months. This is a wonderfully expressive and impressive red. Black cherry, bloody, grilled meat and high acidity intensifies a graphite thread. Black pepper is subtly integrated into the black fruit. A powerhouse with excellent drinkability."


"Chakana is the name of the Southern Cross constellation. Its rotation in the sky throughout the year made it an effective agricultural calendar for the ancient Andean people. The "yaguarete" (jaguar) on the label was known by the ancient Andean people as the "lord of the starred night"; the wildest known animal. Estate Malbec is from Chakana's Altamira (3,200 ft elevation) and Gaultallary (5,500 ft elevation) vineyards. The color is deep purple, very intense, typical of Malbec. Plum, brambly berries, spices and an iris/violet note are apparent on the nose. Intense, fruity flavors with velvety tannins." ~ Winery Notes
About Chakana Winery
Chakana is a family owned winery located at 960 meters (3,149 feet) above sea level at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Agrelo, Mendoza. It is one of the leading projects among the new generation of winemakers dedicated to the discovery and expression of the Andean diversity of climate and soils.chakana juan pelizzatti

Founded in 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti, a son of Italian immigrants with historic roots in northern Italy's viticulture, and under the guidance of Gabriel Bloise, a young and adventurous winemaker, Chakana has developed a wine style that has become known for its purity and authenticity.

When Chakana was founded on May 2, 2002, the Southern Cross (a constellation named Chakana by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands) reached a perfectly vertical position in the sky, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle. The Southern Cross holds the key to finding the perfect timing for the cultivation and harvesting of crops. It is a calendar, a compass, and a symbol of the link between earth and spirit. The choice of this name is an homage to the Inca understanding and respect for nature's forces.

Chakana wines are designed under the renowned international wine consultant Alberto Antonini. Alberto first came to Argentina in 1995, after key contributions to the Super-Tuscan movement in the italian winemaking landscape at Antinori and Frescobaldi. He immediately sensed the potential of Malbec and devoted most of his work in the following 15 years to the re-discovery and perfection of this now Argentine gem.

Starting from its 150 ha (371 acre) home vineyard in Agrelo, in 2011, Chakana expanded by acquiring two vineyards in Altamira, Valle de Uco and a 100 year-old Malbec vineyard in historic Mayor Drummond, Lujan de Cuyo. This has created a rich palette of soils and climates, which range from the calcareous soils and high altitude Altamira, through the loamy colluvial soils of Agrelo, to the warmer gravelly character of Mayor Drummond. The aim was to create wines that could naturally suit every preference while featuring the distinctive character of sunbathed Mendoza. In order to ensure the purest vineyard expression, and as a consequence of their reverence for nature's wisdom, Chakana has adopted organic and biodynamic viticulture practices since 2012. Vintage 2014 has been certified organic by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement).
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