Chakana, Ayni, Malbec Paraje Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

Chakana, Ayni, Malbec Paraje Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018

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About the Producer
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. Chakana Wines is a winery situated in Agrelo. This district is is widely considered to provide some of the best terroir in Mendoza for the growing and production of Malbec.

About the Wine
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.

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.

Grape / Blend
100% Malbec

Origin
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

97 Points - Decanter 
2020 World Wine Awards
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

93 Points - 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.

92 Points - Vinous
Ayni is a single-vineyard Malbec from Paraje Altamira aged in large foudres for 12 months. Deep purple in the glass. The nose offers herbs, blackberry and blueberry with sour cherry and a hint of stalk. Fragrant, with a firm palate, chalky tannins and mild freshness that energizes the wine in the mouth. The last gasp leaves traces of blackberry. An energetic, nuanced Malbec. - Joaquín Hidalgo 

95 Points - Tim Atkin
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.

Product size: 750ml

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