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 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.
Grapes are sourced from the Gualtallary area of the Valle de Uco at an altitude of 1,200m. Here, soils are sandy loam, providing ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay. Plants are trained to the vertical shoot positioning system and yield an average of six tonnes per hectare.
Grapes were all hand harvested into small, 15kg bins and manually sorted before the winemaking process. Once picked, a third of the fruit underwent pre-fermentative maceration for six hours at 8°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasted for 20 to 30 days at temperatures ranging between 10-13°C. 35% of the finished wine was then transferred to French oak for barrel ageing.
This wine is golden yellow with greenish nuances. The nose offers aromas of tropical fruits such as pineapple as well as peach and citrus notes, all of which blend with light and elegant aromas from the oak ageing. Silky on the palate, with well-balanced acidity leading to a long and refreshing fruity finish.