Nuna Malbec is produced from organic grapes growin in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, at an altitude of 960 meters above sea level. Soils are mainly composed of loam, with sandy loam spots, calcium carbonate coated gravels in some areas.
The wine is round and fleshy, with enticing crushed plum and boysenberry fruit enlivened by a licorice snap note.
|Vintage:||2018||Grape Varietals:||100% hand-selected Malbec|
|Aging:||Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels|
The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity. Alcoholic fermentation for 12 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30°C, combining, remontage, pigeage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.
The natural pairing to Argentina's meat.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|AR0EE881024MBM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01283 1||2 07 84585 01283 5||$14.00|
"Blended from lots of different plots in Chakana’s Agrelo holdings, this is a great value Malbec that has backed off on both the oak and the alcohol in recent years. Perfumed and well balanced, it’s an elegant, refined red with a streak of greenness adding freshness to the finish. 2019-24"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 92 pts
"Paz Levinson: Concentrated and pristine black fruit. This is a fresh and lively Malbec. Patricio Tapia: A great example of the grape: refreshing, filled with cherry notes and has a generous finish, with radiant red fruit and spicy black pepper."
- Decanter (Great value Malbec from Argentina: A buying guide, September 2018), 90 pts
"The 2017 Nuna Estate Malbec was produced with grapes from Agrelo. Fifty percent of the wine matured in oak barrels for eight months, and the rest was kept in tank. Most of the 2017s have nicely integrated oak, as is the case here, along with some fine-grained tannins and shy varietal character. 240,000 bottles produced."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 88 pts
"Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, coffee and chocolate, plus a hint of licorice. Ripe and creamy but nicely framed by harmonious acidity and lifted by chalky minerality. This savory, expressive wine, made entirely in concrete tanks, tastes sweeter than its 1.8 g/l r.s. would suggest thanks to its fruit intensity; it's easy to drink and not at all tiring. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 88 pts
"Confirming the shift in style at Chakana, away from oak and higher alcohol towards more elegant, refined Malbecs, this is floral and subtle, sustained by acidity and complemented rather than overwhelmed by vanilla spice. Sappy and refreshing. 2017-22"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina 2017 Special Report, 92 pts
"Considerable the effort required to achieve freshness in a warm place like Agrelo, where generally the fruit is dark and the flavors, sweet. Manifesting red fruits, and above all earthy notes and a firm and sinewy texture. A different facet of a classic region. 80% of the wine is aged in concrete tanks, the remainder in used oak barrels."
- Descorchados 2018, 92 pts