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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chakana 'Estate' Malbec 2011

Grape Variety: 90% Malbec, 10% blend of 3 other red grapes

Growing Region: Agrelo, Ugarteche, (Lujan de Cuyo), Mendoza - Argentina

Consultant Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

Even if you think you know very little about wine, as soon as you see this wine being poured into your glass and hints of dark fruits start to reach your nose; your senses prepare you for an inviting and very drinkable red wine, which will please all your friends. I have enjoyed this style and 'estate label' Malbec from Chakana for a few years now - and this wine has always been honest, approachable and well balanced for an early drinking style of red wine. The entire Chakana 'estate' range offers a variety of youthful, friendly wines, each having a short period of ageing in oak. This wine, like previous vintages has been carefully crafted by Alberto to be enjoyed within a few years of release.
Predominately Malbec, the fruit was handpicked and sourced from 37 year old vines and younger vines grown in Mendoza. Picked at optimal ripeness, this wine went through 48 hours of cold maceration to extract primary colour and natural soft tannins, then 12 days of fermentation at 26-28C, to extract the deep purple colours that fill the glass. Post fermentation 50% of the wine had 3 months development in French oak.
On the nose the wine reveals vibrant aromas of ripe plums, wild strawberries, cherry and toasted spice. The wine has an elegant palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a refreshing fruit driven finish. The subtle touches of spice come from the wine being aged for three months in used French oak. Serve 16-18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with tapas, grilled meats, pizza and hard cheeses, enjoy.

Pour a good sized glass and share with good food and friends.


1 comment:

  1. A great wine out of Mendoza. Chakana also produces the Maipe label Malbec that is readily available in the US for around $10us. Great Value!!