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Kaiken Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve


Kaiken Reserve

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 vines over 50 years old in 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

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 ripen 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.


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 red in colour, with a nose showing aromas reminiscent of ripe plums and strawberries, accompanied by soft vanilla notes that come from oak ageing. On the palate, the wine is soft and fresh with a pleasant finish that reflects the fruit aromas. The long, captivating finish has great complexity and spicy notes typical of the variety.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 96% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Malbec
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.55g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.75