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Cueva de las Manos Malbec Organic 2020

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Country:Argentina
Region:Mendoza
Winery:Cueva de las Manos
Grape Type:Malbec
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Cueva de las Manos Malbec Organic is made from 100 percent Malbec.

Cueva de las Manos translates to "Cave of Hands". There are a series of caves in Patagonia containing stenciled paintings of hands, dating back over 9,000 years ago. The caves have been named a World Heritage Site, and they are the inspiration for the label on these wines.

Cueva de las Manos Malbec is deep purple in color. Fruity intensity on the nose with floral notes. A juicy texture, mild tannins and good structure balanced by a well-integrated freshness. Clean and pure finish.


Winery: Cueva de las Manos

The Cueva de las Manos Estate

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Maipe

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Chakana


Cueva de las Manos is produced in a state-of-the-art winery, Chakana, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality.

Chakana winery was founded by Juan Pelizzatti on May 2nd, 2002. Juan was driven to enter the wine industry first and foremost by his passion for wine, and also by the desire to invest his time and money on a product of agriculture. Although Juan did not know it at the time, the company was founded on the same day the Chakana was celebrated on the Andes highlands: on that same day, the Southern Cross (the Chakana for the Inca people) becomes vertical in the night Andean sky.
Juan's mission is to create an integral experience to introduce world consumers to the taste and culture of the Andes. His vision is to become one of the top 20 exporters of wine from Argentina, by consistently offering outstanding value for money.

Wine is currently produced in four different levels at Chakana, by winemaker Gabriel Bloise:
          Entry Level: Maipe
          Reserve Level: Maipe Reserve, Cueva de las Manos, Nuna
          Estate Selection
          Ayni


The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every step of the production.
Wines are designed under the responsibility of the renowned international wine consultant Alberto Antonini.
The winery is located on a 150 ha. estate, 34 km South of the city of Mendoza, in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo.
The grapes grown are 35 year-old Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep and textured soils facilitate plant development and confer great body and structure to the wines.
The year-long sunny and dry conditions allow almost organic viticulture practices. The outstanding feature includes a great daily thermal amplitude, with mild days and cold nights, permitting a particular richness of polifenols that improves the wines flavors and color.
A drip irrigation system has been set up to achieve a precise control of the vegetative cycle and a rational use of water. Waters are processed and used in the vineyards.

The Cueva de las Manos Vineyards
Chakana sources grapes from their own four estates:

  • Agrelo

  • Acreage: 150 ha, 120 ha with vineyards
    70 ha entry level
    40 ha reserve level
    10 ha estate & ayni
    Acreage by varietal at Agrelo Estate:
    Malbec: 50 ha
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 30 ha
    Syrah: 10 ha
    Bonarda: 10 ha
    Tannat: 2,5 ha
    Petit Verdot: 2.5 ha
    Cabernet Franc: 1.5 ha
    Aspirant Bouchet: 2.5 ha
    Ancellotta: 2 ha
    Sauvignon Blanc: 4 ha
    Viognier: 2.5 ha
    Chardonnay: 2.5 ha

    Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
    Terroir: Very heterogeneous – deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

  • Altamira I

  • Acreage: 15 ha, Malbec high density. Planted in 2010, not in production
    Wine Profile: Full bodied, impressive tannic structure and roundness, spicy and complex.
    Terroir: Sandy clay gravel, limestone; cooler climate

  • Altamira II

  • Acreage: 36 ha, 26 ha with vineyards
    20 ha malbec, estate and ayni level

    4 ha chardonnay, entry level and reserve
    2 ha pinot noir (used for sparkling wine)
    Wine Profile: Medium bodied, elegant, fresher fruit. Round tannin on gravels.
    Terroir: Very heterogeneous – deep clay to sandy clay gravels; cool climate

  • Terrada

  • Acreage: 21 ha, all in vines
    100% malbec, old vines, high density
    Reserve – Estate Selection
    Wine Profile: Complex, ripe fruit, medium bodied, elegant.
    Terroir: Sandy clay gravels, 70cm. soil depth, Some limestone; warmer climate.


    They also source wines from contract suppliers in Ugarteche and Medrano, for entry level wines, and in Vista Flores, for Estate Selection & Ayni levels.

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