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El Ganador Malbec
Chakana
Argentina - Mendoza    - Lujan de Cuyo

El Ganador translates to "the winner", and given its quality-to-price ratio, we consider this Malbec a win!

El Ganador Malbec boasts a rich ruby-purple color, and displays elegant flavors of blackberries, ripe plum and robust spices, with good balance and structure. A delightful & versatile red.

Specifications
Appellation
Lujan de Cuyo
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Malbec
Age of vines
15 years
Soil type
loam and silty loam
Vinification
Hand harvested. 10% aged for 6 months in new French oak; then 6 months in the bottle.
Pairings

Grilled meat and vegetables. 

Reviews and News

2017 El Ganador Malbec - 87 PTS - WE

2017 El Ganador Malbec - 87 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 87 pts"Berry and plum aromas come with a roasted side note. A crisp ringing finish is a bit shearing and acidic, while this tastes of spicy, peppery plum and berry fruits. A tight finish with chalky grip helps this end on a positive note. - Michael Schachner"

- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 87 pts

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2014 El Ganador Malbec - 87 PTS & BEST BUY - BTI

2014 El Ganador Malbec - 87 PTS & BEST BUY - BTI

bti"Garnet color. Aromas of black cherry, plum jam, rich dark soil, and violet honey with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long black cherry, rich garden soil, crushed plum, and cinnamon toast finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Dense, dark and chewy with earthy complexity, balancing the luscious jammy fruit qualities of new world with earthy qualities of old world wines."

- Tastings.com (2015 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Argentine Malbec under $10, August 2015), 88 points + Best Buy

*** WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal ***

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2012 El Ganador Malbec - WA - 87 PTS

2012 El Ganador Malbec - WA - 87 PTS

Wine Advocate"A custom cuvee made specifically for Kysela Pere et Fils, this 100% Malbec (3,000 cases produced) was aged six months in new French oak and for a short time in the bottle prior to release. Its dark ruby/plum color is followed by aromas of white chocolate, smoke, mulberries and black currants. Lush, fruit-driven, supple and velvety, drink it over the next 1-2 years."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 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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