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Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve



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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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are sourced from the Perdriel, Lunlunta and Agrelo vineyards; sites producing some of the highest quality fruit in the Mendoza region.  Soils are predominantly sandy loam and vines are trained according to the vertical shoot positioning system. Yields average nine tonnes per hectare.

Vintage information

2010 in the Mendoza region saw a decrease in overall yields and a significant delay in ripening. Warm temperatures in January and the early weeks of February were followed by a notably cool March and April. Harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon was delayed by 15 days, with grapes struggling to reach ripeness. Despite this cooler temperature trend, conditions remained dry, producing healthy fruit with lower sugar levels (and subsequently alcohol) characterised by aromatic intensity and excellent concentration.


Grapes were all hand picked into small, 15kg cases before undergoing five days of cold, pre-fermentative maceration at temperatures of 10°C. Alcoholic fermentation followed, lasting 12 days in total with the juice temperatures resting between 25-28°C. Post fermentative, malolactic fermentation had a total duration of 10 days. 60% of the finished wine was then transferred to French oak for six months of barrel ageing, before undergoing natural clarification and mild filtration prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red in colour with violet hues. On the nose, it combines the typical Cabernet spiciness with mature fruit aromas of dry plums and cherries. Powerful on the palate, with soft tannins, excellent concentration and a long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 98% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Malbec
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.3%
Acidity 3.58g/l
Residual Sugar 2.6g/l
Wine pH 3.85