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Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot

Mendoza

Kaiken

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.

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Vineyards

The Cabernet Sauvignon, is sourced from Kaiken‘s own vineyards in Agrelo, while the Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes are from the Uco Valley. Vistalba and Agrelo produce ripe reds that have good body, 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.

Vintage information

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 and 33°C, with harvest running from March to early May.

Vinification

The grapes brought into the winery in small 15kg crates and subjected to meticulous sorting at the winery. The grapes were then cold soaked for 7 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 7-15 days to give colour and structure. After malolactic fermentation, 80% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (1/3rd new, 1/3 second and 1/3 third use) for 7 months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.  

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red in colour, with a intense nose of blackcurrants, blackberries, plums and hints of violets. The palate is concentrated with vanilla flavours from the oak ageing yet soft and silky, with crisp acidity provided by the Petit Verdot.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 80% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Malbec
8% Petit Verdot
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.55g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.72