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Ayni Malbec Paraje Altamira
Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza    - Uco Valley

Ayni is the Quechua term for the principle of reciprocity, practiced for centuries by the Andean people - "in order to receive, you first have to give." Chakana's renowned Paraje Altamira vineyard, which sits 3,300 feet above sea level, bears the name Ayni & is the source of the Ayni wines.

Deep ruby-red in color with violet hints. Complex and intense bouquet, featuring blackberries, cherries and plums, with delicate floral notes and spices. Balanced and fresh; full-bodied with good length of spices.

Specifications
Appellation
Uco Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Malbec
Age of vines
10 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
sandy loam with calcareous gravels
Vinification
Manual harvest. 4 days maceration (cold soaking) in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation. Aged 12 months in 3000L and 5000L untoasted oak foudres. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. Unfiltered.
Pairings

Pairs well with grilled meats and stews.

Reviews and News

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WE

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast""
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2020), 91 pts

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

wa"The single-vineyard 2017 Ayni Malbec comes from paraje Altamira, and the wine was bottled with 13% alcohol and moderate acidity that made it feel soft but not bland, with enough freshness going through its core. Many wines are now matured in large oak containers, and that certainly helps with the integration of the oak with the fruit, as is the case here. The tannins are fine-grained, and the finish is dry and long. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2018. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91 pts

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2017 Ayni Malbec - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Ayni Malbec - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(13% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Inky scents of blackberry, cassis, smoked peppers and chalky minerality. Enters the mouth with a refined texture and restrained sweetness, with its flavors of red and darker berries, salty minerality, pepper and spices conveying a slightly wild quality. I like this Malbec's light touch and inner-mouth verve. Less floral and more peppery and spicy than the Ayni Gravas bottling. Not hugely concentrated but quite savory and easy to drink. Spreads out nicely on the subtle, bone-dry finish, leaving no impression of weight. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 90 pts

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2015 Ayni Malbec - 95 PTS - TA

2015 Ayni Malbec - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"One of two Ayni Malbec releases in 2015, this is made in a fruitier, more approachable style with understated oak. Balanced, floral and elegant, it’s sappy and appealing, with notes of liquorice and black plums and a long, tangy finish. 2018-23"
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2017), 95 pts

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2015 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright ruby-red. Sexy scents and flavors of dark berries, mocha, minerals and smoked meat. Concentrated, seamless wine with a captivating restrained sweetness and terrific energy lending shape and definition to the middle palate. Serious fine-grained tannins give this wine the structure for mid-term aging. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (July 2017), 92 pts

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2015 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WE

2015 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Savory dark-berry aromas suggest cumin and curry along with dry earth. On the palate, this Paraje Altamira Malbec is quite racy and acidic, such that it's puckery. Lemony acidity sharpens the wine's plum and berry flavors in front of an intense finish that simmers. With so much acidity on display, this will last another 15–20 years. MICHAEL SCHACHNER"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (November 2018), 91 pts

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2014 Ayni Malbec - GOLD MEDAL - 50 Best Malbec 2016

2014 Ayni Malbec - GOLD MEDAL - 50 Best Malbec 2016

best malbec gold 2016 award"-- The Fifty Best Holds A Tasting of Malbec Wine --

New York, NY, (August 11, 2016) – The Fifty Best rating the finest in wines and spirits, has for the first time shined its spotlight on Malbec. The Fifty Best recently hosted a tasting where twenty recent release Malbec wines were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Malbec” awards for 2016.

The Fifty Best is very pleased to announce that Maipe 2015 Malbec and Ayni Malbec 2014 were awarded Gold medals.

Using professional criteria, The Fifty Best's panel of judges blind-tasted the wines and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions."

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2014 Ayni Malbec - 95 PTS - TA

2014 Ayni Malbec - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"The 2013 of this top Altamira Malbec was very good indeed, but the 2014 is even better. Aromatic, fine and deftly oaked, it manages to combine density and blackberry fruit weight with freshness, focus and minerality. Edging towards the Uco Valley’s elite group of Malbecs. "
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2016), 95 pts

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2013 Ayni Malbec - 94 PTS - TA

2013 Ayni Malbec - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Ayni is the top Malbec at Chakana and more than delivers on that status in 2013. It's still a young wine, with lots of gas in the tank, as it were, but this is a classic Uco style with freshness underpinning savoury black fruits, plenty of colour and understated oak. Drink: 2016-22"
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2015), 94 pts

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2013 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - WS

2013 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Suave, rich and well-spiced, offering loads of dark plum, currant and dried blackberry flavors. Molten chocolate notes emerge mid-palate, with Asian spice accents. Presents a long and ripe finish, accented by loamy details. Drink now through 2020. - KM""
- Wine Spectator (Insider, October 29th 2014), 92 pts

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2013 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - JS

2013 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and flowers that follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a delicate finish. This is a refined and tempting malbec. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 30th 2014), 92 pts

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2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"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

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2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(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

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2011 Ayni Malbec - 93 PTS - WA

2011 Ayni Malbec - 93 PTS - WA

Wine Advocate 93"The maiden 2011 Chakana Ayni is a pure Malbec selected from the vineyard that is aged for 12 months in mainly new French oak. It has a crisp, more opulent bouquet that the Estate Blend with macerated dark cherries, blueberry and a hint of iodine. The palate is silky smooth with high-toned black cherries, damson and fresh fig flavors. It is bold and more extroverted than the Estate Blend, though perhaps without the same heightened degree of finesse. Still, this is an impressive Malbec. Drink 2013-2020."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue#203, 30 October 2012), 93 pts

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Producer Information: Chakana

Founded in 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti, Chakana is a family owned winery located 960 meters (3,149 feet) above sea level at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Agrelo, Mendoza. ...
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