From the renowned Altamira sub-region in the Uco Valley, where high altitude, ample sunshine and a high diurnal range provide optimal conditions for growing Chardonnay. This wine is rich and supple with notes of white peach and tropical fruits as well as toast from oak ageing.
Vegetarian / Vegan
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.
The grapes are sourced from two different areas in Mendoza. 90% of the grapes come from Altamira in the Uco Valley, which provides freshness and minerality, and 10% from Vistalba in Luján de Cuyo, which gives concentration to the blend. 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 hand harvested into small, 10-kilogram boxes and sorted manually. Alcoholic fermentation lasted for 20 to 30 days at temperatures ranging between 10-13°C. 65% of the juice was fermented in small stainless-steel tanks to preserve freshness and purity of the fruit. The rest of the juice was fermented in new French oak barrels, where it remained for 12 months.
This wine is gold in colour with youthful hues. On the nose, aromas of pineapple, white peach and citrus intertwine with vanilla and a touch of smoke from the oak ageing. The palate is rich and complex with good acidity and a long, lingering finish.