Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay is the result of the identification of the best soil profiles and the selection of the best parcels of Chardonnay grapes from Chakana’s estate.
Chakana was founded in 2002 by the Pelizzatti family, something of a return to wine-making for the family whose ancestors had made wines in the wine-growing region of Valtellina in Italy in the 19th Century. The Chakana winery is located Agrelo, Mendoza and since 2002 the estate has grown to cover some 150 hectares with 120 hectares under vine, including their own vineyards in other areas of Mendoza 21 hectares in Mayor Drummond (Lujan de Cuyo) and two vineyards comprising 51 hectares in Altamira (Valle de Uco). In 2012 Chakana began the process of converting all of their vineyards, farming and viticultural methods over to organic / biodynamic certified. The winemaking style is based on minimal intervention with minimal use of sulphur or other additives and only indigenous yeasts.
Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay is sourced from vineyards located at Finca Ayni, Altamira in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza. The vineyards sit at an altitude of 1100 metres and they are planted on Sandy loam over calcium carbonate coated gravel soils. The vineyards are organic, certified “in transition”. The wine is aged in a a combination of oak and concrete eggs for 12 months. The 2014 is a blend of 97% Chardonnay and 3% Viognier.
Chakana use Bentonite clay to fine this wine. It is therefore suitable for vegans and vegetarians.