A Chardonnay that is broad, rich and complex - but not from Burgundy! It means that you are getting some of the finest fruit in the southern hemisphere, handled by true experts from specially selected sites in one of the most exciting regions for this variety in the world today. We are very lucky to have some of this with bottle age, as it shows the complexity at its fullest. A really genuine contender for very fine dining.
Ripe tropical fruit flavours of melon, pineapple, peach and apricot with subtle oak influence on the long and smooth finish. These chaps are particularly famous for their red wines, but this is a worthy part of their portfolio.
If you like Chardonnay, you'll want to get some of this...
Kaiken is a really interesting winery; established by the Montes family (of the very famous Montes winery in Chile [possibly the benchmark Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon being Montes Alpha], which is actually just a stone's throw away over the Andes...), it is a winery that does things in a very considered if conservative manner, but that is no bad thing! Established in 2002, the winery was given one task by Aurelio Montes, which was to mirror the quality of winemaking that he had achieved on the other side of the Andes.
Set in Mendoza and with vines in the Uco Valley and specific plots in Lujan de Cuyo, the winery has access to the areas that have consistently produced the best fruit for decades. The Chardonnay vines are grown in even more specific zones and for the this Ultra range they are taken from very high-altitude vineyards of Vistalba and Gualtallary, which is 1,300 metres above sea-level.
It's not that this means it's necessarily better than anyone else's, only that the quality of fruit is as good as it could possibly be: the winemaking then performs the alchemy and - pop - the results are in the deliciousness of the bottle in your hand. It appears to be simple... but there's nothing simple about doing the simple things well!
Oh and the label has a goldy-looking flattened v-shape. It's the profile of the Kaikenese geese from whom the winery takes its name - these indigenous geese fly high over the Andes to nest and are native to the south, in Patagonia. Can't help but think there might be easier spots to find shelter...
Style: Vibrant, Svelte, Smooth, Round, Organic, Medium Bodied, Juicy, Fruity, Elegant, Dark, Complex, Bright
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