"A high-altitude blend from organic vineyards planted at 1,100m in the Altamira and Gualtallary regions of the Uco Valley. A wild-fermented Malbec-dominant blend with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, that's aged for 10 months: 70% in French oak and 30% in concrete. Savoury black fruit aromas with pretty violet top notes on the nose. Full-bodied, with firm tannins, but also good freshness. Savoury and spicy black fruit on the palate, but with some brighter cranberry notes too - a good food wine for hearty dishes. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. - Julie Sheppard"
"Animal, dried berry and prune aromas lead to a reserved palate featuring rubbery subdued tannins. Savory dark-berry flavors are earthy and herbal, while this is short and minty on the finish. While nothing miraculous, this blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah rises to a fairly high level. - Michael Schachner"
"(aged in 50% new French oak): Bright red-ruby. Reticent, distinctly purple aromas of raspberry and violet. A step up in texture from the Estate Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec bottlings, with its primary purple fruits possessing enough extract to support the obvious oak influence. Finishes with tactile, tooth-dusting tannins and lingering notes of purple fruits, flowers, menthol and pepper. A very successful blend that nicely combines Cabernet Sauvignon herbs and tannins with Cabernet Franc florality. There's no hurry to drink this. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Argentina’s Wines Enter The World Stage, July 2018), 89 pts
"The 2016 Estate Selection Red Blend was produced with grapes from different parts of the Valle de Uco and includes 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It matured in 50/50 French barriques and oak vats for one year. It shows some aromas of violets and dark cherries with sweet spices. The palate reveals very good freshness, fine tannins and a good finish. 25,000 bottles were filled in December 2017. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 90 pts
"Chakana made some lovely wines in 2016, making the most of the cool conditions to produce reds with real finesse. This Malbec with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc blend is light, elegant and focused, with floral aromas, red berry sweetness and nuanced tannins. 2019-24"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 93 pts
"Violet and blackberry aromas. A hint of menthol on the nose and a cool, slightly minty note on the finish. An interesting, full-bodied, tannic red that has a hint of sweetness at the close. Drink or hold." - James Suckling (April 2018), 90 pts