Kaiken Reserve Malbec 2014
Kaiken Reserve 2014
A stand-out blend of Malbec (96%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) from Mendoza. If you like big…if you like bold…if you like soft…if you like easy drinking then this approachable BBQ suitable red will be right up your street. Deep purple in colour, rich fruity aromas, lip-smacking flavours of strawberry and cherries, a hint of spice on the finish and really supple, soft tannins. But the ace up its sleeve is the note of vanilla which hits you from first sip right through to the end of the finish. Very, very appealing and very, very moreish.
This vanilla element perfectly illustrates what can be achieved with judicious use of oak. After fermentation the Kaiken Reserve spends six months in French Oak barrels. 10% goes into new oak barrels and 90% into new. Why does this matter… I’m glad you asked. The looser grain of French oak (as compared to tight grained American oak) allows more interaction between the wine and a small amount of oxygen during the ageing process. It’s this effect that helps tone down the tannins that might otherwise have you puckering up your lips and scrubbing that furry feeling from your lips – it’s what makes a big red like the Kaiken feel oh-so-silky in the mouth. Oak is also what brings along those lovely vanilla flavours and toasty, spicy notes with most of the flavour coming from new oak which is why wine-makers are careful not to use it too heavy-handedly.
A lovely wine and ridiculous value at £12.50 (just £11.25 to wine club members). It’s reminded me to dip into the South American section more often when I’m grabbing a bottle to enjoy at home and it’s reminded me that a well made Malbec can be so much more than just “BIG!”.
Price per case (up to 12 bottles)
England and Wales £14
Scotland and Northern Ireland £20
Free delivery in Cornwall for orders over £80
Free delivery in England and Wales for case price over £250