Malbec/Bonarda/Petit Verdot

Mendoza

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.

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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 – 1400 metres above sea level, these sites are renowned for producing high quality fruit displaying pure varietal characteristics.

Vintage Information

The 2015/2016 vintage was a challenge for many winegrowers with lower than usual temperatures and considerable rainfall as El Niño exerted its effects across the region. This raised the threat of rot and powdery mildew as well as reducing the number of berries per cluster. Careful viticultural management techniques were employed, such as leaf removal. This helped to increase canopy ventilation and decrease disease and helped to expose berries to gain more uniform maturation. Despite the challenges, fruit showed good natural acidity and aroma concentration at harvest.

Vinification

Fruit was hand-picked into 15kg-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 using 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 spices such as thyme. The palate displays the silky character of Malbec framed by the structure and freshness of Petit Verdot. The finish reveals interesting notes of fresh fruit from Bonarda.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 80% Malbec
15% Bonarda
5% Petit Verdot
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 3.7g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.7