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 Manually harvested from 8 year old vines. 4 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 14 days fermentation with natural yeast at 27°C. Aged in new and 1 year old French oak Barrels for 18 months.

Reviews:

Tim Atkin 94 Points  Descorchados 92 Points

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

70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. 2 days maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 days fermentation with natural yeast allowed to rise to a maximum of 28°C Aged for 10 months with 40% of the Cabernet Sauvignon in new French oak barrels.

Reviews:

Tim Atkin 94 Points   Wine & Spirits 92 Points

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