Chakana

Chakana was started by Argentinean banker Juan Pelizzote. Chakana means Southern Cross in the Mapuche language of the Andes. Juan owns 150 hectares, 120 hectares planted to vineyards located in Agrelo. Lujan de Cujo. The estate practices sustainable viticulture, drip irrigates, and enjoys year long sunny days and very cool nights. Gabriel Boise is the current winemaker under the direction of consultant Alberto Antonini.

"An incredible discovery for me, this winery was founded a decade ago and named after the Southern Cross ("Chakana" is the local Indian dialect for that constellation). It is located approximately 20 miles south of Mendoza in Agrelo. All three of these wines are highly recommended, and all are fabulous bargains in Malbec." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2012)

Estate Malbec

100% Malbec Manual harvest Age of the vines: 7 years 4 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 14 days fermentation with selected yeasts at 27°C Aged in new and 1 year old French oak Barrels for 18 months.

Reviews:

"A balanced and pretty malbec with dark berry and mineral character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now." ~ 90, James Suckling July 2014

Price: (6 packs) Fl $120, 2cs $112, 5cs $104
 
Red Blend

60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz 2 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 days fermentation with selected yeasts allowed to rise to a maximum of 28°C Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (100% new wood)

Reviews:

"Uplifting, vibrant notes of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and violet. Peppery, clean and fresh – so pure! Seamless structure and an electric, refreshing finish. Mouthwatering and persistent. Drink 2015-2019." ~ 92, Decanter August 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $120, 2cs $112, 5cs $104