The Kaiken Aventura range celebrates Kaiken’s ongoing exploration of new sub-regions and their regional differences within Mendoza. Located in the heart of the Uco Valley, Los Chacayes was classified as a GI in 2017 (a ‘Geographical Indication’ signifys an area of particular quality). Kaiken planted vineyards here between 2011 and 2016 at 1,250m, the highest altitude of the region.This location provides a climate of warm summer days and cool nights, which helps to slow ripening and maintain a fresh acidity.The vines in Los Chacayes Sur sit on free-draining sandy-loam soils. This causes the roots to penetrate deep into the soil in order to access water and nutrients, which results in a more powerful depth of fruit concentration.
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 estate vineyards are situated in the heart of Mendoza and further south in the Uco Valley, where many premium producers are now sourcing their fruit. The focus is primarily on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety that was almost forgotten in the region as Malbec’s popularity continued to soar over the past decade. As a result of Kaiken’s protection, there are now several old vine Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Mendoza that produce excellent wines, including Kaiken’s vineyard in the Vistalba district of Luján de Cuyo, first planted in 1910
The grapes were harvested by hand at the end of March and then sorted manually at the winery. The grapes underwent pre-fermentation maceration for four days at 10ºC before fermentation for seven days at 24ºC in concrete tanks using selected and indigenous yeasts. Post-fermentation maceration lasted 20 days before the wine was transferred to and matured in separate concrete tanks for 12 months, then a further six months in bottle before release.
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