Kaiken Clasico Malbec, Mendoza 2018/19
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Big & Bold|
|Grape Blend||100% Malbec|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Special Features||Sustainable, Vegan|
|Extra Info||Textbook Argentinian Malbec|
|Food Pairing Guide||Try with some duck or rump steak with blue cheese sauce|
|Terroir||60 kilometres from the city of Mendoza and at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level. These vineyards feature soils composed of silt, clay and sand with stones at two metres derived from erosion from the Andes Mountains.|
Kaiken Clásico Malbec is a smooth, full-bodied Malbec from the Andes mountains. Succulent and smoky with aromas of blackberries and plums. If you love Malbec, this is textbook.
The grapes come from vineyards in the Agrelo zone, 60 kilometres from the city of Mendoza and at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level. These vineyards feature soils composed of silt, clay and sand with stones at two metres derived from erosion from the Andes Mountains. The region’s climate is warmer than that of the Uco Valley, which allows Kaiken to obtain grapes with more fresh fruit aromas and flavours as well as very ripe, soft tannins.
Temperatures from February to April were at a record high, compared to the last four vintages. This meant excellent sugar and polyphenolic maturity was achieved, resulting in high concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes. Bud break occurred around 15 days later than the 2016-2017 season. The vintage ended with a total of 210 millimetres of rain in Agrelo, making this one of the driest vintages over the last four years.
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.