Kaiken By Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Clasico 2017 (1x75cl)
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.
Vineyards are situated in the Agrelo zone, 60 kilometres from the city of Mendoza and at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level. Soils here are composed of silt, clay and sand with a presence of stones at a depth of two metres and derived from erosion from the Andes Mountains.
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.
The grapes were handpicked in March and transported in 300 kiloggram bins to avoid damaging the fruit and keep it intact for manual selection in the cellar. Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately one month. Once fermentation was complete, 40% of the wine was aged for six months in French oak barrels, after which the wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby in colour. Fresh red fruits intermingle with aromas of tobacco and spices. On the palate, the wine is soft and vibrant. The long, captivating finish has great complexity and spicy notes, typical of the variety.
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