Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Luján de Cuyo

Kaiken Ultra

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.

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Vineyards

100% of the fruit used for the Cabernet Sauvignon Ultra was sourced from the Vistalba vineyard. This fine 80-year-old vineyard gives wines of outstanding elegance, structure, and power. The vines are grown 1,050 metres above sea level and 800 metres away from the Mendoza River. Half a metre of alluvial soil on top of gravel from the river yields concentrated high-quality fruit.

Vintage Information

The 2014-2015 harvest (from November to February) presented mean temperatures well below historic averages. Only in March did temperatures approach mean or close-to-mean values. Slow ripening yielded very expressive wines. Red varieties were marked by slow ripening until late March, especially with regards to sugar content. Then, halfway through April ripening suddenly accelerated. Rainfall was close to 450 mm.

Vinification

The fruit was hand-picked in April into 15kg-trays to preserve the berries, which were then sorted manually in the winery. The must was fermented in small tanks under optimum conditions preserving vineyard character and qualities. After a one month fermentation (including maceration), the wine was transferred into French oak barrels (1/3 new barrels and 2/3 2nd- and 3rd-use barrels). The wine was aged in barrels for 12 months, and was lightly filtered before bottling. The wine was left to age in the bottle for just over a year.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red in colour. Elegant and complex, showing hints of mature black cherries, prunes, strawberries, tobacco and spices accompanied by vanilla notes. A dense, mouth filling wine showing plum, redcurrant and mocha flavours on the palate. The wine displays good structure with ripe, opulent tannins.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 95% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Malbec
Region Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.03g/l
Residual Sugar 2.7g/l
Wine pH 3.8