Our Kaikenes fly high in James Suckling`s 2016 Argentina Tasting
In his recent, annual Argentina tasting, James Suckling, one of the world´s most influential wine critics, tasted more than 700 wines, Kaiken featuring among them. We are very happy with his comments on Argentina´s development as a world-class producer, and proud of the great scores received by our wines. This was the best tasting trip to Argentina yet following three other trips over the last two years. More and more wines show balance and finesse as the best winemakers look to produce wines that communicate their unique regions, soils and microclimates. Moreover, so many say that they want to make wines to drink instead of some notion from marketers or consulting enologists. The experience underlined for me and my team that Argentina really no longer needs to make “blockbuster” or “fruit-driven” wines but should focus on its pedigree of winemaking.
2014 KAIKEN ULTRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 93 points Serious and rich aromas with blueberry and blackberry character and hints of almonds. Full body and firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Drink now or hold.
2014 KAIKEN ULTRA CHARDONNAY 93 points A rich and fruity Chardonnay with sliced cooked apple, cream and hints of lemon. Full body, lots of fruit and fresh finish. Made from the best area of Mendoza. Gualtallary. Drink now.
2014 KAIKEN TERROIR SERIES MALBEC 93 points Hot stones, bark, mushroom and dark fruit. Slate too? Full body, lot of ripe fruit yet firm and structured. Bright finish. Very pretty and polished. Cool blend of mostly mablec (Vista Flores)with Bonarda (Agrelo) and petit verdot (Tupungato). Drink or hold.
2014 KAIKEN ULTRA MALBEC 90 points This is juicy with ripe dark fruits on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with polished tannins yet slightly one dimensioned. A “drink me now” wine.