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Master of Wine Tim Atkin grants excellent scores to Kaiken

1 July, 2016

In his 2016 tasting of Argentinean wines, Tim Atkin for many decades one of the most influential wine writers in the UK, highlighted the evolution of the Argentinean wine industry, while giving very good scores to Kaiken. “Right now, there’s a dynamism and vitality to the Argentinean wine scene that I haven’t seen since the 1990s. In fact, it’s even more exhilarating than it was then, thanks to the emergence of new regions, styles and winemakers and a renewed sense of self-confidence. No one knows what will happen to the economy over the next 12 months, but the future of the wine industry looks extremely bright.” Tim Atkin (www.timatkin.com)

2012 KAIKEN MAI 92 POINTS An ambitious, high-end Malbec from Vistalba, this is entirely aged in new French oak. It’s a compact, serious red that will need some time to emerge from under the barrel staves, but has dense, scented, plum, blackberry and orange peel-scented fruit and tannic focus.

2013 KAIKEN OBERTURA 92 POINTS Kaiken’s Cabernet Franc comes from Vista Flores and is a ripe, well-upholstered expression of this increasingly fashionable grape. Grassy, graphite aromas, dense, compact tannins, well handled oak and balancing acidity impress on the palate.

2013 KAIKEN ULTRA MALBEC 91 POINTS Aurelio Montes Junior is taking this Chilean-owned winery to new heights, working alongside oenologist, Rogelio Rabino. This is a very poised Uco Valley Malbec, combining perfumed, subtly oaked fruit from Vista Flores, Altamira and Gaultallary. It has the structure to age, too.

2013 KAIKEN ULTRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 91 POINTS You’d expect a winery owned by the Montes family from Chile to be good at making Cabernet in Argentina and you’d be correct. This is a classic cassis, dried herbs and cigar box style, with a firm backbone of tannin and well-integrated, toasty oak. There’s 5% Malbec in this too.