Chakana Estate 2013 Estate Selection Red Blend, Mendoza
Item Number: 28 39 192 13
Juan Pelizzatti walked the province of Mendoza in search of suitable land to cultivate, and found 360 acres of in Lujan de Cuyo. A few old Malbec vines were still alive so he sustained these and planted new ones, thus founding Chakana. The name means “Southern Cross” and signifies the bridge between Mother Earth and the spiritual world in ancient Incan culture. Vines are planted at a nearly exact 45 degree North-West axis, which not only has spiritual significance in Incan culture, but ensures grapes aren’t hit with direct sun exposure at the hottest part of the day, around 3pm. With careful attention to detail like this, grapes are given the chance to achieve optimal flavor balance and structure. This red blend is among their top wines, made from the best grape selection sourced from their two estate vineyards. A blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Shiraz aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. It shows mouthfilling ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, anise seed, minerals and smoke on a silky, elegant frame. The 2012 received a incredible 95 points from Robert Parker. By all accounts the 2013 vintage in Mendoza was even more successful so we expect high praise indeed for this rare red blend.