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Great scores for great Malbecs, by James Suckling

The internationally acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling has just released his latest report from Argentina. And, once again, at Chakana we’re welcoming good scores for our wines.

In the introduction to his report, Suckling described the “not heavy and not overdone” style of the top wines he tasted. He also recognized the increasing importance of single vineyard expressions which are able to communicate “the many special soils and climates of Argentina”.

With this in mind our Ayni Malbec 2015 from our vineyard in Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, has been awarded 92 points. In this wine, we try to convey all the minerality and finesse of this great calcareous terroir and we’re happy that Suckling has recognized our ambition.

Argentinian wines are having great results with many different grapes, but Malbec-based wines are still the most representative examples of the country.

And in Chakana we are investigating the potential of this amazing grape.

According to Suckling’s report, both our Estate Selection Malbec 2015 and the Maipe Malbec Reserve 2016 are worthy of 90 points. The Estate Selection Malbec comes from the great vineyards of Altamira and Gualtallary and is intended to express the typical freshness and structure of Uco Valley wines. On the other hand, our Maipe line has a rounder, more traditional character. Two different styles and the same score; another testimony to the versatility of Malbec.

Here are the scores of the three wines with the tasting notes of James Suckling:

Maipe Malbec Reserve 2016 – 90 points

A juicy and straightforward red with plum and dried-fruit character. Hints of figs. Medium body.

 Estate Selection Malbec 2015  – 90 points

There is a solid density to this wine, with dried-berry and floral character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Tastes of Argentina.

 Ayni Malbec “Paraje Altamira” 2015 – 92 points

Lots of mushroom, fig and dark-berry character with hints of stones. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a flavorful finish.