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.
70% of the grapes for this wine are sourced from 40 year old vines from vineyards located in Agrelo and Vistalba and 30% from the Uco Valley, all in the Mendoza region. Vistalba and Agrelo produce ripe, good bodied reds, while Uco Valley, which has some of the world‘s highest vineyards, produces elegant and refined reds with good levels of acidity. All grapes are hand harvested.
The 2011 vintage in Mendoza was challenging because of early frosts, which coupled with periods of high winds, hail, heavy rains and cooler temperatures, delayed ripening. However, an ‘Indian summer‘ in the immediate lead up to harvest helped ripened grapes, resulting in ripe but elegant wines with higher than average acidity. Temperatures over the harvest period fluctuated between 16°C and 33°C, with harvest running from March to early May.
The grapes were cold soaked for five days to extract aroma and colour. After that, the grapes were fermented in 12hl concrete tanks for 12 days and then kept on their skins for 15 days to give colour and structure. No oak was used to retain the primary fruit aromas.
Vibrant crimson purple in colour with excellent intensity of blackberries, plums and spice. The palate is rich with balanced acidity, smooth tannins and a fruity finish.
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
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