2014 Chakana Estate Malbec (Organic) Mendoza Argentina
Chakana literally means “a bridge” in the ancestral indigenous language and refers to the link between the Andean culture and the modern world. Owned by the Pelizzatti Family, this modern business is located south of the city of Mendoza. The wines are made from their own grapes grown in the 150 Ha estate at the foothill of the Andes.
Mendoza and Malbec are as synonymous as the Barossa Valley and Shiraz. The wines come in all prices and weights, and this wine from an organic vineyard is a great example of why these wines are so popular. Medium to full bodied, the wine has great freshness and acidity which can be lacking in big wines. It has a richness and fleshiness that make it a joy to drink. This is not made in a hedonistic style, which in our opinion makes it more enjoyable to drink.
Produced from the original 35 year old vines at Chakana Estate, 2014 is the first vintage that can claim “Organic”, with the vineyard currently undergoing the conversion to Bio Dynamic. Following 12 months ageing in oak barrels the wine retains concentrated plum and dark fruit characters, but also develops exotic spicy flavours with hints of chocolate and violets. Rich, with a full-bodied mouthfeel as well as silky tannins, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.