THE CELLARS NOTES
Kaikens are wild geese, native to Patagonia that fly across the Andes between Chile and Argentina.
In the same way Montes, the Chilean winery, crossed over the Andes to Mendoza in Argentina. This is in a metaphorical analogy not a literal one. Anyway, they formed Kaiken Winery and we have their Malbec Reserve which offers great value.
The wine presents a vivid ruby red color. On the nose it shows generous intensity and
freshness, showing mature red fruits and some spiciness, accompanied by vanilla
aromas coming from the oak aging that enhance the wine complexity.
On the mouth it has a nice acidity with velvety, round and elegant tannins It’s a fresh and joyful wine, were acidity is in perfect balance, a faithful example of the quality of the Mendoza first zone
Denomination of Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Varieties: 96% Malbec 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Aging 60% French oak aging for 6 months
Yield of Vineyard: 10 tons per hectare (4.0 tons per acre)
70% of the grapes are hand harvested from 40+ year old vines from the first zone (Agrelo,
Vistalba), which adds elegance and softness and combined with grapes from the Uco
Valley (30%), adding power and mouth structure to this Malbec
- Grapes are hand harvested using 15kg bins
- After harvest all bunches are carefully inspected manually before entering the
- Once in the tank, the grapes undergoes prefermentative maceration for 7 days
at 10ºC (50º F)
- Alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures 25-28º C (77-82º F) for 10-15 days
- Post fermentation maceration for 10 to 15 days
Filtering: One very light filtering (5μ) prior to bottling
Cellaring Recommendations: Up to 5 years
Recommended Serving Temperature: 16 – 18º Celsius (61 – 64º Fahrenheit)
Decanting: Recommended 30 minutes decanting before drinking.
Its soft and sweet tannins provide a perfect balance to be enjoyed with mild barbecued meats, stews and pastas.