Chakana Estate

2016 Chakana Malbec

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2016 Chakana Malbec

Tasting Notes 

Red cherry, strawberry and vanilla aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins and crisp acidity. It is harmonious and focused, with caressing vibrant red berry fruit on the bright, classy finish.

 

Producer

Chakana Winery was founded on May 2, 2002 in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza province, Argentina. Its founder was Juan Pelizzatti.

Their wines come in three different ranges: Maipe (fresh fruit-forward wines for everyday consumption), Maipe Reserve (complex, barrel-aged varietal wines) and Chakana Estate. In 2011 Chakana won one of the three golden medal - best in class awards from the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) for its Chakana Reserve Malbec 2010. This allowed the winery to compete for Argentinean Producer of the Year Trophy, which took place on 16 November 2011 in London.

After a beginning as a family estate in the middle of the Argentine financial crisis of those years, Chakana started its exports from zero in 2004, to become a 1,5 million bottle company in 2011 with more presence in more than 25 countries worldwide.

In October 2009, a local fund composed of high profile local investors took shares of the company. The purpose of both parties is to bring Chakana to the next level and become one of the main players in Argentina’s wine portfolio.

Vinification

Chakana wines are made from grapes grown on a 150 ha estate in Lujan de Cuyo, at 960 mts above sea level.

The winery, in Agrelo, has 2 million liter capacity. It has been designed with very small tanks to maintain the identity of each soil parcel. The winemaking process is based on very careful management of grape and wine in each production stage.

Chakana vineyards are orientated 45 degrees northwest to maximize fruit expression. This also is a surprising example of synchronicity, as this is the exact route that the Andean development chose.

This line was named by the Andean natives as the Viracocha line, or the line of truth of the Incas. Following this line all main Inca centers can be found, from the origins on the Titicaca lake and Tiwanaku to Cuzco. The planting direction in Chakana was chosen to avoid sunburn of the grapes during peak temperature hours, as canopy shades the bunches.


Soils

Chakana prefers alluvial soils of clay loam to sandy loam texture, with round stones at the bottom between 50 and 100 cm and excellent drainage. The best parcels in Agrelo, Mayor Drummond and Altamira feature these conditions that offer round tannins, fantastic structure and full ripeness.


Climate

Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley offer all year round dry conditions with extreme thermal amplitude that promote aromatic compounds in wines.


Irrigation

Drip irrigation is used in all of our vineyards as a way to control the growing cycle and make rational use of water. Winery effluents are neutralized and reused in vineyard irrigation with no impact on the environment.

Reviews

  • 90 Points James Suckling - A juicy and straightforward red with plum and dried-fruit character. Hints of figs. Medium body. Drink now.

Specifications

Year 2016
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Malbec
Country Argentina
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 9.8 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Awaiting info
Food Matches
Ideal to pair with red meats, game and gourmet dishes.
Allergy Information Contains sulfites
Appellation
Mendoza