Kaiken Malbec, Bonarda, Petit Verdot

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Kaiken Terroir Series

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.

Vineyards

Grapes are sourced from two regions in Mendoza – the Malbec and Petit Verdot come from Kaiken’s own vineyards in Vista Flores while the Bonarda grapes come from Agrelo. Located at high altitudes ranging from 950 – 1,350 metres above sea level, these sites are renowned for producing high-quality fruit displaying pure varietal characteristics.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage in Mendoza was generally warm and dry. Cooler temperatures before harvest meant wines were slightly lower in alcohol, but had well-preserved acidity. 2017 is considered one of the best vintages in recent years in Mendoza.

Vinification

Fruit was hand harvested into 17 kilogram trays to preserve whole berries and prevent splitting. Grapes were further hand sorted at the winery to remove any diseased or damaged fruit. After pressing, the must was fermented in small tanks to enhance the varietal characteristics. Alcoholic fermentation was conducted at 26ºC for seven days, followed by post-fermentation maceration at 10ºC for approximately 15 days. Finally the wine was aged for 10 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

With a deep brilliant purplish red colour, this wine has fruit notes of plums and touches of spices such as thyme. The palate displays the silky texture of Malbec framed by the structure and freshness of Petit Verdot. The finish reveals interesting notes of fresh fruit from the Bonarda.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 80% Malbec
15% Bonarda
5% Petit Verdot
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Rogelio Rabino & Gustavo Hormann
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.1g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.6