Crushed & Cured

Kaiken Classico, Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2021


This Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby in colour. Fresh red fruits intermingle with aromas of eucalyptus and menthol. On the palate, the wine is soft and vibrant with a long finish.

Kaikenes are wild geese, native to Patagonia, that fly across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. In the same way, legendary Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes crossed the Andes to make wines in Mendoza. Aurelio saw the enormous potential of the region for premium viticulture and, after several exploratory trips, founded the Kaiken winery in 2002. His aim was simple: to make great wines in Mendoza and, in doing so, to show the best of both sides of the Andes.

The vineyards are situated in the Agrelo zone, 60 kilometres from the city of Mendoza, at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level. Soils here are derived from the erosion of the Andes Mountains and are composed of silt, clay and sand. There is also a layer of stones at a depth of about two metres.

The grapes were hand picked and transported to the winery in 300 kilogram bins to avoid damaging the fruit and to keep it intact for manual selection in the cellar. Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately one month. Once fermentation was complete, 60% of the wine was aged for six months in French oak barrels, after which the wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Country: Argentina 

Region: Mendoza

Vintage: 2021

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

ABV: 14%

Size: 750ml 

Producer: Kaiken Wines