Cueva de las Manos
 Mendoza (Argentina)

The Estate
Cueva de las Manos is produced in a state-of-the-art winery, Chakana, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality.

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.


Vineyards beneath the Andes Mountains


Juan Pelizzatti


The Winery

Wine is currently produced in four different levels at Chakana, by winemaker Gabriel Bloise:
          Entry Level: Maipe
          Reserve Level: Maipe Reserve, Cueva de las Manos, Nuna
          Estate Selection
          Ayni

The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every step of the production.
Wines are designed under the responsibility of the renowned international wine consultant Alberto Antonini.
The winery is located on a 150 ha. estate, 34 km South of the city of Mendoza, in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo.
The grapes grown are 35 year-old Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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 polyphenols 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.


The Winery


The Winery at Night


Stainless Steel Fermentation and Holding Tanks

The Vineyards
Chakana sources grapes from their own four estates:

Agrelo

Acreage: 150 ha, 120 ha with vineyards
70 ha entry level
40 ha reserve level
10 ha estate & ayni
Acreage by varietal at Agrelo Estate:
Malbec: 50 ha
Cabernet Sauvignon: 30 ha
Syrah: 10 ha
Bonarda: 10 ha
Tannat: 2,5 ha
Petit Verdot: 2.5 ha
Cabernet Franc: 1.5 ha
Aspirant Bouchet: 2.5 ha
Ancellotta: 2 ha
Sauvignon Blanc: 4 ha
Viognier: 2.5 ha
Chardonnay: 2.5 ha
Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
Terroir: Very heterogeneous
deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

Altamira I

Acreage: 15 ha, Malbec high density. Planted in 2010, not in production
Wine Profile: Full bodied, impressive tannic structure and roundness, spicy and complex.
Terroir: Sandy clay gravel, limestone; cooler climate

Altamira II

Acreage: 36 ha, 26 ha with vineyards
20 ha malbec, estate and ayni level
4 ha chardonnay, entry level and reserve
2 ha pinot noir (used for sparkling wine)
Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
Terroir: Very heterogeneous
deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

Terrada

Acreage: 21 ha, all in vines
100% malbec, old vines, high density
Reserve
Estate Selection
Wine Profile: Complex, ripe fruit, medium bodied, elegant.
Terroir: Sandy clay gravels, 70cm. soil depth, Some limestone; warmer climate.


They also source wines from contract suppliers in Ugarteche and Medrano, for entry level wines, and in Vista Flores, for Estate Selection & Ayni levels.


Views of the Vineyards


Views of the Vineyards


Views of the Vineyards


Harvesting the Grapes

Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the hands) is a pre-historic site in southern Patagonia featuring a very early form of human art. The cave, a UNESCO world heritage site, derives its name from the paintings of hands made by the indigenous inhabitants between 9,300 and 13,000 years ago. The images of hands are often negative (stencilled) and painted in colors ranging from red to white, black or yellow.
These wines are a tribute to the legend and legacy of the ancient Patagonian indigenous groups; a history of independence and perseverance.


Southern Patagonia


The Cave of the Hands

The Wines
 [White Blend] - [Viognier Reserve] - [Red Blend] - [Malbec] - [Cabernet Sauvignon] - [Bonarda]


High Quality Label

Shelf Talkers / Case Card

AR1EE881144CHM
UPC code: 7 84585 01512 2
2012 Cueva de las Manos, Reserve White Blend 6/750ml
80% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier
Manual harvest.

Imagine a mythical blend of Napa Chardonnay and White burgundy.

800 six-packs produced.

"Two interesting blends that sell for fair prices include the 2012 Reserve White which is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Viognier. It exhibits copious notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, sweet corn and crushed rocks in its medium-bodied, well-delineated, dry, pure style. Enjoy it over the next year."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88 pts



National Retail Price: $19.99 / bottle


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AR1EE881050VGM
UPC code: 7 84585 01137 7
2010 Cueva de las Manos, Viognier, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Viognier. Manual harvest.
5 hour maceration on skins; 70% fermented in temperature controlled steel vats (14-16C) with selected yeasts, 30% fermented in French oak barrels for 30 days. Then aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

Pale golden color. In the nose it reveals intense pear and apricot fruits, bright floral scents together with citrus and honey. 
Extravagent and extroverted, very impressive.
A wine with both finesse and opulence. The palate is long and expresses slightly sweet flavors of peach and tangerine finishing with a layered mineral texture. Oak comes through on the finish with some spice It elegantly accompanies curries, fish dishes, white meat and vegetables. Excellent with cheese and fruit.

AR1EE881049VGM
UPC code: 7 84585 01137 7
2009 Cueva de las Manos, Viognier, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Viognier. Manual harvest.
5 hour maceration on skins; 70% fermented in temperature controlled steel vats (14-16C) with selected yeasts, 30% fermented in French oak barrels for 30 days. Then aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

Pale golden color. In the nose it reveals intense pear and apricot fruits, bright floral scents together with citrus and honey. 
Extravagent and extroverted, very impressive.
A wine with both finesse and opulence. The palate is long and expresses slightly sweet flavors of peach and tangerine finishing with a layered mineral texture. Oak comes through on the finish with some spice It elegantly accompanies curries, fish dishes, white meat and vegetables. Excellent with cheese and fruit.


AR1EE881034VGM
UPC code: 7 84585 01137 7
2008 Cueva de las Manos, Viognier, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Viognier. Manual harvest.
5 hour maceration on skins; 70% fermented in temperature controlled steel vats (14-16C) with selected yeasts, 30% fermented in French oak barrels for 30 days. Then aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

Pale golden color. In the nose it reveals intense pear and apricot fruits, bright floral scents together with citrus and honey. 
Extravagent and extroverted, very impressive.
A wine with both finesse and opulence. The palate is long and expresses slightly sweet flavors of peach and tangerine finishing with a layered mineral texture. Oak comes through on the finish with some spice It elegantly accompanies curries, fish dishes, white meat and vegetables. Excellent with cheese and fruit.

National Retail Price: $14.99 / bottle


High Quality Label


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AR0EE881145MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 01513 9
2011 Cueva de las Manos, Reserve Red Blend 6/750ml

70% Malbec, 29% Bonarda and 1% Cabernet Franc.
Manual harvest.

Superior red blend, indicative of Argentina's finest.

1,200 six-packs produced.

"Opaque in color, this saturated Malbec-led blend exhibits coconut and cola aromas along with fully ripe blackberry notes. This is massive in the mouth, with a solid foundation. Maximum berry expression and a jammy, deep-fruited finish give this power and content beyond its price point.- MS"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2013), 91 pts


"A blend of 70% Malbec, 29% Bonarda and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Reserve Red Blend boasts plenty of cherry, fig, black currant, licorice and spice characteristics as well as medium body, a supple texture and 1-2 years of drinkability."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 89 pts




National Retail Price: $19.99 / bottle


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#AR0EE881136MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00874 2
2011 Cueva de las Manos, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American); aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

#AR0EE881098MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00874 2
2010 Cueva de las Manos, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American); aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

"The 2010 Malbec Reserve spent 12 months in French and American oak. Spice box, tar, chocolate, cherry cola, and blueberry aromas lead to a moderately structured, savory, sweetly-fruited wine with good depth and length. It is an excellent value that will provide pleasure over the next 4-5 years."
- Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 88 pts

"This dark yet juicy red offers flashy raspberry ganache, blueberry and blackberry notes, as fine tannins add support. A hint of smoke lingers on the finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. NW"
-
Wine Spectator (June 15th 2012), 88 pts

#AR0EE881061MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00874 2
2009 Cueva de las Manos, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American); aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

"Two winners from Argentina include the 2009 Malbec Reserve, a 100% Malbec aged 12 months in a combination of French and American oak. Copious aromas of chocolate, blueberries, blackberries, tar, and spice box jump from the glass of this inky/ruby/purple-tinged wine. Ripe, succulent, and loaded with fruit with silky tannins and a long finish, it will not make old bones, but for drinking over the next 2-3 years, this is a heck-of-a bargain. "
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Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 90 pts

"This Malbec Reserve exhibits a dark ruby color and is fruit forward with red and black cherry fruit on the nose and on the palate. It is medium-weight and shows good fruit intensity, balance and a dry finish. Excellent value. This estate where it is situated in Lujn de Cuyo takes its name from the Cave of the Hands, a Cave in the mountains of Argentine Patagonia which contains paintings of hands made by indigenous inhabitants from 9, 000-13,000 years ago."
- International Wine Review (Report#26 - April 2011), 89 points


#AR0EE881033MBM
UPC code: 7 84585 00874 2
2008 Cueva de las Manos, Malbec, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Malbec. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American); aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

Deep red color with violet hints.
The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, hints of violet and chocolate. Fruity flavors; well balanced, elegant tannins.
Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes.

"Bright deep ruby. Blackberry, licorice and spicy oak on the nose. Moderately dense and concentrated, with brisk acidity framing the black fruit, licorice and herb flavors. Finishes fairly intense, with notes of chocolate and pepper."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan. 10), 87 pts


National Retail Price: $14.99 / bottle



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AR0EE881105CSL
UPC code: 7 84585 00873 5
2010 Cueva de las Manos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

Dark berries and cassis dominate the nose with hints of mint and chocolate. Nicely balanced, it is gentle on the palate with layers of texture, followed by ripe, supple tannins.
Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes.

AR0EE881083CSL
UPC code: 7 84585 00873 5
2009 Cueva de las Manos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

Dark berries and cassis dominate the nose with hints of mint and chocolate. Nicely balanced, it is gentle on the palate with layers of texture, followed by ripe, supple tannins.
Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes.

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve spent 12 months in French oak. Cassis, chocolate, and a hint of mint inform the nose of a dense, concentrated, ripe Cabernet that over-delivers for its humble price. Drink this outstanding value over the next 5-6 years"
- Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 89pts

AR0EE881035CSL
UPC code: 7 84585 00873 5
2008 Cueva de las Manos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 12 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 20 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

Dark berries and cassis dominate the nose with hints of mint and chocolate. Nicely balanced, it is gentle on the palate with layers of texture, followed by ripe, supple tannins.
Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes.

National Retail Price:
$14.99 / bottle

 
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#AR0EE881
UPC code: 7 84585 01011 0
2010 Cueva de las Manos, Old Vines Bonarda, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Bonarda.  Manual harvest.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 5 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.
Deep ruby color. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum and sweet vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, soft tannins and juicy fruity flavors.
Excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes

"Cueva de Las Manos 2010 Bonarda Old Vines Reserve was aged in French oak for 12 months. Notions of plum, blackberry, and vanilla set the stage for a spicy, layered, satisfying, nicely balanced Bonarda. It is a very good value meant for drinking over the next 4-5 years"
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Wine Advocate (December 23rd 2011), 87pts

#AR0EE881084BOM
UPC code: 7 84585 01011 0
2009 Cueva de las Manos, Old Vines Bonarda, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Bonarda.  Manual harvest.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 5 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.
Deep ruby color. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum and sweet vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, soft tannins and juicy fruity flavors.
Excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes


#AR0EE881032BOM
UPC code: 7 84585 01011 0
2008 Cueva de las Manos, Old Vines Bonarda, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Bonarda.  Manual harvest.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 5 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.
Deep ruby color. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum and sweet vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, soft tannins and juicy fruity flavors.
Excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes

"Chakana's purple-colored 2008 Bonarda Provia Cueva de las Manos offers a fruity, Beaujolais-like nose featuring plums and mulberries. Fruity, forward, and easy-going, this tasty effort will match well with bistro cuisine. Drink it over the next 3 years."
 - Wine Advocate (Aug. 09), 88 pts


#AR0EE881027BOM
UPC code: 7 84585 01011 0
2007 Cueva de las Manos, Old Vines Bonarda, Reserve 12/750ml
100% Bonarda.  Manual harvest.
2 day maceration on skins in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 26C; 5 days of post fermentative maceration; malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels; aging in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.
Deep ruby color. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum and sweet vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, soft tannins and juicy fruity flavors.
Excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes

"Saturated ruby to the rim. Black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Dense and sweet in the mouth, with good depth to the dark berry and leather flavors. On the simple side but satisfying. Finishes with slightly advanced suggestions of caramel and nut skin. Drink soon."
- Tanzer's Internatinoal Wine Cellar (Jan. 09), 87 pts

National Retail Price:
$14.99 / bottle