Kaikenes are wild geese, native to Patagonia, that fly across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. In the same way, Montes, the Chilean winery, crossed the Andes to set up in Mendoza. Their vineyards are situated in the heart of Mendoza and further to the south in Valle de Uco, where many of the premium producers are now sourcing their fruit. The focus is primarily on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety that has been somewhat forgotten as Malbec has surfed one wave of success after another in the past decade. As a result, there are many old vineyards in Mendoza that produce excellent fruit. Kaiken's own vineyards supply 70% of their production requirements and 30% is from vineyards that they control.
Grapes are sourced from three vineyards: 20% from the Agrelo Estate, 40% from the Vistalba Estate and 40% from the Uco Valley. Soils are sandy loam, providing ideal conditions for growing Malbec. Plants are trained to a vertical shoot positioning system and yield an average of five tonnes per hectare.
Grapes were all hand harvested into small, 15kg bins and manually sorted before the winemaking process. Once picked, fruit underwent ten days of cold, pre-fermentation maceration at 8°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasted for 10-12 days at temperatures ranging between 25-28°C. Malolactic fermentation followed, for 10-15 days. The finished wine was then completely transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months before soft filtering and bottling.
This attractive Malbec surprises with its intensity and vibrant purple colour. On the nose it has clear mineral and spicy notes due to the altitude of the vineyards, combined with aromas of black fruits, mature cherry, hints of vanilla and coffee. An elegant, powerful wine with great structure, roundness and persistence. Can be enjoyed now or kept for at least 15 years.
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Name Kaiken Mai Country Argentina Region Mendoza ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2014 Grape Variety 100% Malbec Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Biodynamic