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Kaiken Ultra Malbec Mendoza 2018

If you like to be able to stand your spoon up in a red, this is the one for you! Rich, structured, fruity and spicy. A real block-buster!
Big & Bold
£14.75
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Producer Kaiken
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold
Grape Blend 100% Malbec
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2018
Special Features Sustainable, Vegan
Extra Info Oaked blockbuster Malbec
Food Pairing Guide This is a blockbuster of a red which deserves a massive rib-eye steak, or a rich stew.
Terroir Grapes for this well structured and intense Malbec are sourced from three separate areas in the Uco Valley: Altamira, Vistaflores and Gualtallary. Each area brings it own distinct qualities and characteristics to the blend.
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Kaiken Ultra Malbec is perfect for lovers of this popular grape! It's full of black fruit flavours, vanilla and a hint of something floral. This is definitely a full bodied wine, but the tannins are soft so the wine is very easy to drink, and the finish is long, complex and satisfying. An absolute belter!

The fruit for the Malbec Ultra was sourced from the Uco Valley. Variations in altitude and soil type result in grapes with distinct characteristics that give unique and highly complex wines. Grapes are sourced from three separate vineyards, at different altitudes: Vista Flores at 1,400 metres above sea level, Gualtallary at 1,300 metres above sea level, and Altamira at 1,100 metres above sea level. In spite of location and altitude variations, all three soil types are similar: alluvial soil with some sand and silt on top of very rocky layers that provide excellent drainage and ideal conditions to grow highly concentrated grapes.

The 2017 vintage in Mendoza was generally warm and dry. Cooler temperatures before harvest meant wines were slightly lower in alcohol, but had well preserved acidity. 2017 is considered one of the best vintages in recent years in Mendoza.

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.
Winemaker: Rogelio Rabino & Gustavo Hormann The must was fermented in small tanks under optimum conditions to preserve the individual vineyard characters and qualities. After one month of fermentation, including maceration, the wine was transferred into French oak barrels, one third of which were new and two thirds of which were 2nd and 3rd use barrels. The wine was aged in barrels for 12 months and was lightly filtered before bottling.
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