2019 Kaiken Ultra Malbec
The grapes used to make the Kaiken Ultra Malbec come from vineyards in the Uco Valley, where the wide variations in altitude and soil and varied characteristics allow the grapes to be translated into distinctive and complex wines. The grapes are harvested from three different vineyards, each with unique characteristics. The vineyards are located at different altitudes: Los Chacayes and Gualtallary at 1,300 meters above sea level and Altamira at 1,100 meters. Despite the differences in height and surface, all vineyards have alluvial soils of the same type.
The grapes used in the Ultra Malbec were harvested by hand in April and transported in 17 kg trays to prevent damage to the grapes and to preserve the quality of the fruit. The grapes are then manually selected in the winery, removing all elements that could be detrimental to the final quality. Fermentation and maceration for a month. 100% wine was transferred to French oak barrels - a third of the wine went to new barrels and the rest in barrels for the second and third use. This helps the fruity character of the wine. Aging in barrels for 12 months and the wine was filtered slightly with cartridges before bottling.
This deep, brilliant red colored wine with purplish notes shows rich aromas. The nose has interesting spicy and floral notes - a clear expression of the Uco Valley - intertwined with black fruit aromas reminiscent of blueberries and blackberries that show the great typicity of this variety. Good structure and soft tannins call for a second glass. The finish is fresh, complex and with fruit notes and subtle spicy undertones of rosemary, thyme and dry flowers.
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|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|