Kaiken was founded in 2002 by Aurelio Montes, Sr; the wines are now made by his son. The origin of the Kaiken name is the Caiquen (wild geese), birds whose migratory path mirrors that of the Montes family, crossing the Andes in search of a better environment. Aurelio Montes Jr. has instituted new oenological practices, including biodynamics and sustainable processes. Five lines encompass the Kaiken wine line, including Sparkling, Mai, and Reserva. The Terroir Series of special wines demonstrates Argentina’s viticultural history and distinctive varieties, through attractive and innovative blends of grapes sourced from the best terroirs. The Kaiken Ultra are wines that express the wish of the Kaiken winemakers and growers to share their experience and knowledge of making high-quality wines on both sides of the Andes. We received a sample from the latter two lines.
Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontés 2015: hand-picked Cafayate Valley grapes (average altitude of 1,600m above sea level); low temp fermentation; regular lees stirring over 6 months; no oak; starfruit, white floral, and citrus aromas, pear and gooseberry flavors into a tart citrus finish; twist-off closure; SRP $17. We paired this with a snack plate of steak, sharp cheddar and crackers - the wine stood up solidly. Their recommendation is a peppered goat cheese and tomato sandwich griddled in extra virgin olive oil.
Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2013: hand-picked from three high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley; fermented in small tanks; aged in 1/3 new French oak for 12 months; dark fruit, cedar, and subtle herbal aromas; dark fruit and red currant flavors into a red berry finish; good acidity; cork closure; SRP $25. We paired it with homemade cheeseburgers and coleslaw, while the winery recommends lamb chop lollipops with Israeli cous cous.Beautiful wines that pair well with food and show a clear terroir-driven flavor.
Wines provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.
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