Introducing Kaiken Wines from Argentina
We've had a great range of Kaiken wines land recently and they are just gorgeous.
They're named after the Caiquén, a wild goose from Patagonia that flies across the Andes between Argentina and Chile to nest.
I can't help but think there might be easier spots to find shelter. But just like the Caiquén, Aurelio Montes, founder of the brilliant Chilean winery Bodega Montes, made several trips across the Andes until, in 2000 he rediscovered Mendoza, a place he realised was perfect to start his "Kaikén" winery.
This was no wild goose chase. On the contrary, set in Mendoza and with vines in the Uco Valley and specific plots in Lujan de Cuyo, the Kaiken winery has access to the areas that have consistently produced the best fruit for decades.
This doesn't mean it's necessarily better than anyone else's, it's simply to prove that the quality of fruit is as good as it could possibly be.
The winemaking then performs the alchemy from good to great.
It appears to be simple... but there's nothing simple about doing the simple things well!
Oh, and if you've watched Chef's Table on Netflix, you might recognise the name, Francis Mallmann. He's the Patagonian chef who captured the hearts of the world in his episode (Season 1, Episode 3).
His Kaiken Disobedience blend is made from 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Which is pretty much a Bordeaux blend,but backwards. Well, we are in Argentina after all.
If you like the sound of a delicious Bordeaux-style red that is a little richer than most, made by a superstar chef, then this is the wine for you.
Disobedience is a brilliant wine that has captured many a wine-lover's imagination - with the finest of food fanatics let loose in a high-quality local winery and who goes on to produce something of the highest quality that we can all afford to drink!
The grapes for the Disobedience blend are grown in the best sites of the Kaiken estate, from Lujan de Cuyo, Vistalba, and Altamira, each site home to the family's best plantations of each variety.
But it's more than just celebrity chef wine, there's a great Malbec, Merlot, Cab, and Charfonnay, all worth checking out in our Kaiken wines range.