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Connexion Oenophilia represents fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.  All are committed to producing wines of superb quality.

 

Chakana

Nuna Estate Malbec

Mendoza :: Argentina

http://www.chakanawines.com.ar/

Estate::

The Pelizzatti family founded Chakana in May 2002 reviving an old family legacy. At the turn of the XIX century, the Pelizzatti ancestors made wine from the terraced vineyards of Valtellina, Italy.
Chakana is a winery dedicated to the study and understanding of some of the best terroirs of Mendoza, Argentina. Its goal is to produce authentic wines to express the character and identity of the Andean soils.
The winery is located in Agrelo in the province of Mendoza amongst 150 ha of vineyards. It also manages its own vineyards located in other areas of Mendoza, such as Mayor Drummond (Lujan de Cuyo) and Altamira (Valle de Uco).
In 2012 Chakana started a conversion process to recover and maintain the harmony of its soils by transforming its agricultural methods to organic/biodynamic.
Chakana’s winemaking style promotes minimum intervention in the winery by using indigenous yeasts, minimizing the use of sulphur and other additives and selecting porous materials for wine ageing – large volume barrels and un-lined cement vats which are adapted to local varieties in order to preserve the character of a specific place.
Gabriel Bloise, a member of the new generation of Mendoza winemakers, is in charge of winemaking. He has developed his skills by participating in multiple harvests in key regions of the world such as Tuscany, California, Priorat, and Australia.
Gabriel understands winemaking as a tool to express nature and believes the best wines are those that hide the hand of its maker to reveal their place.

Grape varieties::

100% Malbec.

Vinification::

12 days fermentation with selected yeasts at 26 deg. C with pigéages and délestages to enhance fruit extraction and soft tannins.

ageing::

10 months in concrete vats, followed by further ageing in used oak barrels.

appearance::

deep ruby, purple

nose::

plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, hints of violet and chocolate.

taste::

lovely ripe fruit layers with well-balanced tannins

Food pairing::

roasted and grilled meats

Closure::

natural cork

Ratings::

92 Tim Atkin, MW

91 The Toronto Star, Carolyn Evans Hammond

90 WineAlign

89 Globe & Mail, Beppi Crosariol

 

% alc./vol. ::

13.0

Organic