`Mai` Mendoza Malbec

Luján de Cuyo

Kaiken

Kaikenes are wild geese, native to Patagonia, that fly across the Andes between...

Chile and Argentina. Montes, the Chilean winery, crossed the Andes in the same way 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. Kaiken's own vineyards supply 70% of their production requirements and 30% is from vineyards that they control.

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Vineyards

The grapes used to make Mai are sourced from vineyards located in Vistalba (Mendoza) with a low-trellis system. Vistalba has some of the oldest vineyards in the area and is regarded as one of the best sites in Argentina to make premium wines. The vineyard is more than 100 years old and has naturally low yields marked by extraordinary concentration. The vineyard is managed using traditional methods, the same as when it was first planted. Management is 100% organic and applies the principles of biodynamic farming.

Vintage Information

This harvest was marked by low temperatures and a cold spring, both of which had a positive impact on the final quality of the grapes. Yields were significantly lower than previous years and Kaiken were able to harvest highly concentrated and well-balanced grapes. Summer was hotter and drier than expected which yielded healthy berries with ideal ripeness.

Vinification

Grapes were hand-picked into 15kg trays to preserve the quality of the berries throughout the process. The must was fermented in small tanks over a period of 7 days at controlled temperatures between 25-30ÂșC. This was followed by post-fermentation maceration, which lasted approximately 20 days depending on each specific batch. All the wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This attractive Malbec surprises with its intensity and vibrant purple colour. On the nose it has clear mineral and spicy notes due to the altitude of the vineyards, combined with aromas of black fruits, cherries, hints of vanilla and coffee. An elegant, powerful wine with great structure, roundness and persistence.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Malbec
Region Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 6.03g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
Wine pH 3.5