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Chakana - Ayni Malbec 2017

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Area: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Wine Maker: Gabriel Bloise
  • Grape: Malbec
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Food Matching

Food Matching

Excellent with roasted meats, duck, salad, pasta, pizza.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) VS: 92 (2015) JR: 17.5 (2015) WS: 89 (2014) JS: 92 (2015) WE: 91 (2015) TA: 95 (2014) KWG: 91.5 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

This wine is the first result of our Terroir project with Pedro Parra. The understanding of optimum soil conditions for Malbec, the segmentation of the best soils available in our Agrelo property and in our supplier's, and the management of irrigation and ripeness for the specific soil profile has produced grapes of great expression and quality. The concentration and tannin profile of the wine has allowed us to mature it for 24 months in new French Oak barrels, to develop complexity and structure. Ayni 2009 has been bottled in June 2011. After 6 months of settling in bottles, we believe it is ready to be enjoyed. However, we are confident age will reveal its fantastic potential.

Winery Information

Chakana

Chakana winery was founded by Juan Pelizzatti on May 2nd, 2002. Juan was driven to enter the wine industry first and foremost by his passion for wine, and also by the desire to invest his time and money on a product of agriculture. Although Juan did not know it at the time, the company was founded on the same day the Chakana was celebrated on the Andes highlands: on that same day, the Southern Cross (the Chakana for the Inca people) becomes vertical in the night Andean sky.Juan's mission is to.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

Aug 2015- Reviewer : Luis Gutierrez - The 2013 Ayni is mostly Malbec with a dash of Cabernet Franc for Altamira, one of the most respected places in San Carlos, in the Uco Valley. The vineyard is a massale selection planted eight years ago on stony and sandy soils with an important component of chalk which has been farmed organically since 2013. Here they select deeper soils as they want to have concentration and power combined with the Altamira freshness. The wine aged in a mixture of used 225-liter French oak barrels and 5,000-liter oak foudres. In 2013, the wine seem much fresher than in previous vintages (the vintage conditions helped), the nose shows a mixture of red berries, flowers and spices with something meaty and savory. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the sensual texture of the Malbec and the mineral chalkiness of Altamira, making it very attractive and supple. This is fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfiltered. 22,000 bottles produced.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)92 pts

July 2017 - Stephen Tanzer - Bright ruby-red. Sexy scents and flavors of dark berries, mocha, minerals and smoked meat. Concentrated, seamless wine with a captivating restrained sweetness and terrific energy lending shape and definition to the middle palate. Serious fine-grained tannins give this wine the structure for mid-term aging. This wine struck me as clearly better--and longer--than the 2014 version.

JancisRobinson.com (2015)17.5 pts

Dark but pure fresh fruit. Lively, light chew and straight but not lean. Finest of tannins and real freshness. Great finesse. Oak is not showing in flavour but gives the finesse. Real precision here. Winemaker Gabriel Bloise believes that the toasting of oak barrels has in the past deprived many wines of finesse and refinement. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2014)89 pts

Web Only 2016 - Zesty, juicy and expressive, with notes of cedar and juniper berry to the dark currant, roasted plum and peppery flavors. Dark chocolate and Bourbon notes on the firmly tannic finish. Drink now through 2019.

James Suckling (2015)92 pts

Lots of mushroom, fig and dark-berry character with hints of stones. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a flavorful finish. This needs a year or two to soften and will be better in 2019.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

Savory dark-berry aromas suggest cumin and curry along with dry earth. On the palate, this Paraje Altamira Malbec is quite racy and acidic, such that it's puckery. Lemony acidity sharpens the wine's plum and berry flavors in front of an intense finish that simmers. With so much acidity on display, this will last another 15–20 years.

Tim Atkin (2014)95 pts

The 2013 of this top Altamira Malbec was very good indeed, but this is even better. Aromatic, fine and deftly oaked, it manages to combine density and blackberry fruit weight with freshness, focus and minerality. Edging towards the Uco Valley’s elite group of Malbecs. 2017-25

Ken's Wine Guide (2011)91.5 pts

This opaque and onyx colored Malbec opens with a mild red currant bouquet with a hint of plum. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, smooth and slightly fruit forward. The flavor profile is boysenberry jam with notes of black raspberry. I also detected hints of mild minerality, gentle oak and a touch of blueberry. The finish is dry and its mild control tannins make it food friendly. This Malbec will pair well with a Kobe cheddar cheese burger with sauteed mushrooms.

Vinification Notes

The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every step of the production. Deep and textured soils facilitate plant development and confer great body and structure to the wines. The year-long sunny and dry conditions allow almost organic viticulture practices. The outstanding feature includes a great daily thermal amplitude, with mild days and cold nights, permitting a particular richness of polifenols that improves the wines flavors and color. A drip irrigation system has been set up to achieve a precise control of the vegetative cycle and a rational use of water. Waters are processed and used in the vineyards.