2018 Kaiken Mai The First Malbec

68.95 56.98
Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Kaiken
Year 2018
Grape Malbec
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2035
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The MAI is made with grapes from the vineyards of Vistalba (Mendoza). This area is one of the oldest local vineyards and is considered one of Argentina's best terroirs for high-quality premium wines. The vineyard is over 100 years old. Yields are naturally low and give highly concentrated grapes. This unique vineyard is managed according to age-old organic 100% organic and biodynamic principles. This fine 80-year-old vineyard gives excellent wines elegance, structure and power.

Grapes were picked by hand and transported in 15 kg bins to protect the berries and ensure the quality of the fruit. After this, must was fermented in small tanks under optimal conditions to preserve the character and qualities of the vineyard. Alcoholic fermentation was performed at 25°C-30°C for approximately 7 days followed by post-fermentative maceration for approximately 20 days, depending on each specific batch. Finally, all wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months.

The MAI Malbec has a surprisingly deep red color with attractive purplish hues. In the nose it shows fruity aromas of plum and sour cherries with spicy notes of tobacco and cinnamon - from the grapes and the maturation of the French oak. This elegant and complex wine with soft tannins that linger on the palate is ready to drink. Due to the great structure and volume, this wine has an age of 15 years or more.

The Kaiken Mai The First Malbec has one of the highest scores ever with a whopping 96/100 James Suckling and is according to Tim Atkins: The Best of Argentina (96/100)

Kaiken Winery

The Caiquén is a wild goose from Patagonia that flies over the Andes between Argentina and Chile. The Caiquén poses a major challenge when entering into this cross-border flight.

Like the Caiquén, Aurelio Montes, founder of the Chilean winery Bodega Montes, made several trips through the Andes until he rediscovered Mendoza in 2000 as a generous land full of beautiful vineyards and hard-working people. In 2001, he realized that Mendoza was the perfect place to make Kaikén wines, wines that epitomize everything a great wine should be.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation Mendoza (Appellation)
Winery Kaiken
Grape Malbec
Biological No
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 96
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe

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