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Chakana Estate Chardonnay
Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza    - Uco Valley

Chakana is the name of the Southern Cross constellation. Its rotation in the sky throughout the year made it an effective agricultural calendar for the ancient Andean people.

The "yaguarete" (jaguar) on the label was known by the ancient Andean people as the "lord of the starred night"; the wildest known animal.

Estate Chardonnay is from Chakana's Altamira vineyard (3,200 ft elevation).

Yellow color with green hints. Deep and clean aromas of pineapple, toasty notes and a fresh mineral character and finish. A good body, dense and lively on the palate.

Specifications
Appellation
Uco Valley
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
90% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Age of vines
10 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Soil type
sandy loam with calcareous gravels
Vinification
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 25% of the wine is fermented in barriques and aged 6 months in oak; 75% in concrete eggs.
Pairings

Crabcakes and seafood pasta.

Reviews and News

2018 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WE

2018 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"Generic white fruit and mild oak aromas are easy to like but just as easy to overlook. A pulpy palate is oily and fairly full, with intermixed flavors of melon, orange and nectarine. A steady finish confirms that this is a Chardonnay with potential popular appeal. - MICHAEL SCHACHNER"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (August 1st 2019), 88 pts

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2017 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 91 PTS - TA

2017 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 91 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"In the future, it’s possible that this will be released as an Ayni Chardonnay to partner Chakana’s top red. It’s certainly promising, with notes of honey, spice and stone fruit underpinned by the chalky freshness that’s a feature of Paraje Altamira wines. 2018-22"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 91 pts

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2016 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 93 PTS - TA

2016 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"This is the best Chardonnay yet from Gabriel Bloise, combining 20% barrel fermentation with 80% in concrete eggs. Lime and lemongrass flavours are complemented by subtle oak, a lick of chalk and a creamy, lees-derived mid palate. 2017-21" .
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2017), 93 pts

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2015 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WA

2015 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WA

wa88"The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is pure Chardonnay from the newly defined Paraje Altamira appellation, with 20% of it barrel fermented and matured in barrique for eight months and the rest aged in tank. It has a reticent nose mixing white fruit and notions of smoke and fennel, and a straightforward palate with some chalky minerality and a dry finish. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (December 2016), 88 pts

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2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 92 PTS - TA

2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 92 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Using a combination of concrete eggs, stainless steel and oak for its fermentation, this is an impressive Chardonnay from one of the Uco Valley’s best sub-regions. Natural yeasts add a layer of complexity to this sappy, subtle, refreshing white. Drink 2016-2018"
- Tim Atkin (Argentina Special Report 2016),92 pts

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2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 89 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 89 PTS - WINE VALUE - WA

wa89"Chakana's 2014 Chardonnay Estate (90% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, with 20% of it barrel fermented and the rest aged in tank) offers plenty of tropical pineapple, white peach and citrus blossom in a lovely, pure, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for several years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 89 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25

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2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 87 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 87 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright, light yellow. Aromas of white peach, citrus fruits and flowers lifted by dusty stone. Juicy, citrusy wine, given texture and flavor interest by salty minerality and a complementary oak element. Finishes with decent grip. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Argentina The Cool Years, March 2016), 87 pts

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2013 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 87 PTS - WA

2013 Chakana Estate Chardonnay - 87 PTS - WA

wa300"This large winery in Mendoza, Argentina makes numerous wines under the Maipe, Chakana and Cueva de las Manos labels. Almost all of them represent good values. The 2013 Chakana Chardonnay Estate sees a small amount of barrel fermentation, but it is largely aged in older wood. It reveals some brioche notes intermixed with orange blossom and Thai lemongrass in a medium-bodied, fruity, more restrained and structured style than the Maipe Chardonnay/Viognier cuvée. Drink now. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 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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