|Style||Dry, White, Full Bodied, Rich, Oak Aging, Stone Fruits, Fresh, Tropical|
|Region||Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza|
Experience Kaiken Ultra Chardonnay, features a vibrant gold colour, rich and complex with aromas of pineapple, white peach, and citrus alongside subtle mineral notes. The balanced acidity with the pronouned fruit and the skilled use of oak make for a long-lasting finish. Enjoy its complexity and sophistication, this has been crafted into a superb wine.
About the Producer
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.
Vineyard and Winery
The grapes were sourced from two different areas in Mendoza. Firstly, from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley, which at 1,400 metres above sea level provides freshness and minerality, and secondly 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 21 days at temperatures of around 16°C. 65% of the juice was fermented in small concrete 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. The wine finally spent two months in bottle before release
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