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Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontés, Cafayate 2021

Intensely aromatic, clean and refreshing. An ideal summer wine!
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Producer Kaiken
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Wine Type White Wine
Body / Style Aromatic
Grape Blend 100% Torrontes
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 13.5
Vintage 2021
Special Features Sustainable, Vegan
Extra Info Fragrant Argentinian white
Food Pairing Guide Torrentes is a great match for coconut based chicken curries, fajitas or vegetarian cuisine.
Terroir The vines are situated at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level and have an average age of 80 years. Soils are rocky and sandy.
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Kaiken Terroir Series Torrentes is one of the most aromatic wines we have tasted. The aromas of orange, grapefruit and jasmine leap out of the glass. But it's still clean, dry and refreshing to drink. A deliciously drinkable wine that is perfect for sitting in the garden on a hot summer's day.

The grapes for the Kaiken Torrontes are sourced from the prestigious Cafayate Valley in Salta. Here, cooler nights enable the grapes to retain their acidity and fine flavours. The vines are situated at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level and have an average age of 80 years. Soils are rocky and sandy. These conditions enable the winemakers to achieve lower yields and more balanced grapes.

The temperatures recorded during the winter were lower than average, with heavy snow in July. The lower temperatures continued into September and October, which slowed down bud break. Temperatures increased, well above average, from February to April. The increase in the temperature increased the sugar levels and polyphenolic maturity, resulting in high concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes.

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.

The grapes were hand harvested into small 20 kilogram bins and manually sorted before entering the winery where they were destemmed, crushed and pressed. The must was then left to settle for at least 48 hours prior to a 12 day fermentation, with selected yeasts, at a controlled temperature of 14°C in concrete tanks. After fermentation, the wine remained turbid for about six months with regular racking, before being filtered and bottled. No oak was used at any point. Winemaker: Rogelio Rabino & Gustavo Hormann
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