2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA
"The 2012 Chakana Ayni is produced with Malbec from Altamira in the Uco Valley with a 2% dash of Cabernet Franc and aged for one year in French oak barrels. It has a ripe, opulent nose, with notes of damsons and prunes, peaches, dark cherries and musky flowers. The palate is full-bodied, with some warm notes of very ripe fruit, plenty of glycerin and round, saturated tannins. A big, ripe, hedonistic Malbec. Drink 2013-2020. Chakana was founded on May 2, 2002. On the same day, the Southern Cross (a constellation named Chakana by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands) reaches a perfectly vertical position, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle. This gave the name to the project. They have now started following biodynamic principles. These are good, clean, modern, well-crafted wines."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez, Issue#212, April 2014), 91 pts
2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - VINOUS
(15% alcohol): Bright, saturated ruby. Nutty oak and chocolate currently dominate black fruits on the nose. Lush, fat and pliant but with harmonious ripe acidity giving shape and energy to the blackberry and black plum flavors. Large-scaled and mouthfilling but very well balanced wine with considerable sex appeal. Finishes sweet and long. Drink this now or hold it for a few years. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2014), 91 pts
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 create an integral experience to introduce world consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes. His vision is to become one of the top 20 exporters of wine from Argentina, by consistently offering outstanding value for money.