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2013 Bonarda Estate, Chakana

2013 Bonarda Estate, Chakana
ref. CHAK130 JUN16

Wine Variety: Oh what a tangled web! The vine grown as Bonarda in Argentina (that country's second most widely planted grape) is, in fact, a variety that has proven, via DNA examination, to be a Savoie grape called Douce Noir (sweet black). It's name has led to confusion with Dolcetto in northern Italy and, indeed, Bonarda Piemontese; it is related to neither. Not only is this Argentine Bonarda Douce Noir, but so too is the Californian Charbono. By far the world's biggest plantings of this variety are in Argentina.

Wine Region: Wine grapes arrived in Argentina via various routes in the 16th century. Mendoza is the largest and most important wine region of the country. The climate is dry, with vineyards being irrigated. This huge region, in the west of the country only a short hop over the mountains from Chile, has both low-lying and more lofty vineyards, and produces everything from jug wine to serious wines for the cellar.

Wine Producer: Chakana was founded in 2002, producing wines from fruit grown in Mendoza at 960 meters above sea level. Soils are alluvial, with vines rows orientated to prevent sunburn of the fruit in times of peak sunshine. By 2011 Chakana was producing 1.5 million bottles of wine a year.

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£11.50
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£69.00
Style
Style:
Red - full-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Bonarda
  Producer
Producer:
Chakana
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
14%
  Country
Country:
Argentina
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Mendoza
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
  • Game
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Opaque mulberry red. Lifted, very fresh-smelling nose that includes a blast of violet, Parma violet sweetness, rhubarb crumble and sweet nut aromas. I also get a little bit of sulphur, so caveat those susceptible. The palate is all grown up, very fresh and with a swathe of fine and ripe tannin. Something very clever has been done here and this does, to a certain extent, come across as a made wine. Yet it is also rather delicious and definitely a superior version of Bonarda. The length of it is snappy: really juicy fresh. Would be ideal with fatty meats: Bath chaps; duck. A piquant wine and a structured one. For the table!

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Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
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  Style
Style:
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Country
Country:
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  Alcohol Content
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Region
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Appellation
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  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Colour
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Still Red
  Food
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  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
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  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
 

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