97 pts Decanter – Platinum Award
Very perfumed floral nuances scented with some fresh herbaceous notes, slightly tangy mineral nose too. Lovely freshness and chalky tannins, nice follow through and well-textured. Great fruit purity, attractive use of oak.
95 pts Tim Atkin MW
Planted on the younger, southern side of Paraje Altamira on poor soils, this is an outstanding Malbec from the richly talented Gabriel Bloise. True to his philosophy of avoiding the use of small new oak barrels, it’s a large foudre-aged red with bright red berry fruit, granular tannins, a hint of anise aniseed and engaging palate length.
93 pts James Suckling
Love the blackberry, nutmeg, dried-flower, mushroom and graphite aromas that follow through to a full body with chewy tannins and a light, herb and spice hint at the finish. Drink or hold.
90 pts Wine & Spirits
Gabriel Bloise makes this wine from Chakana’s Ayni vineyard in Paraje Altamira, certified organic and bio dynamic, and it’s powered by flavors reminiscent of peak-season blackberries, seeds and all. Some pebbly minerality gives structure, the wine lasting clean and bright
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. It is one of the leading projects among the new generation of winemakers dedicated to the discovery and expression of the Andean diversity of climate and soils.
Chakana is the name given to the Southern Cross constellation by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands. The Chakana is believed to hold the key to finding the perfect timing for the cultivation and harvesting of crops – a calendar, compass & symbolic link between earth and spirit. On May 2, 2002, the Chakana reached perfect vertical position in the sky, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle. It was then that Chakana’s founder Juan Pelizzatti chose its name for his winery, paying homage to the Incan understanding of and respect for nature.
Chakana owns 121 hectares (299 acres) of vineyards, spread across the top terroirs in Mendoza. They have followed organic and biodynamic viticulture practices since 2012 and have organic, biodynamic & vegan certifications from Demeter, USDA & other organizations.
Finca Ayni in Paraje Altamira, Valle du Uco– 26 hectares (64 acres) at 1100m planted with Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache & Mouvedre. Terroir is sandy-loam with gravel up to 70 cm deep. Dominated by limestone; temperate climate. The vineyard’s ‘Parcela Gravas’ is certified organic.