Chakana Estate Selection Malbec is the result of the careful and patient identification of the best parcels of Malbec at their estate in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, the primary wine-producing region for Malbec. This parcel, after many years and under many different climate conditions has offered top-quality fruit that consistenly produces a wine with aromas of mature red berries and chewy tannins combined with minerality and elegance. This is one tribute to the grape that created the spirit of the wines of Mendoza.
Produced and estate bottled by Proviva S.R.L. (AKA Chakana Wines), founded in May 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti. The Chakana, or the Southern Cross constellation, is derived from the Inca word "chakay" which means "to cross" or "to bridge." It is used as a calendar, compass, and symbol by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands. Represented by a square cross with a circular center, it is a symbol of the Universal—a bridge or steps between the earth and the spiritual, thereby creating a perfect union when one crosses over them. As a product of the earth, wine is a dazzling transformer that offers a glimpse of this Universal. Bodega Chakana is trying to create this bridge, a role no different than that of the ancient shamans. Their goal is to create an integral experience by introducing consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes - "to bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual." The yaguarete (jaguar), considered "lord of the starred night," was the wildest known animal. The image on the bottle of each Chakana Estate Selection Malbec associates the jaguar with fantastic beings of the ancient Indian culture from Northern Argentina that combines the real with the imaginary.