Montes was established in1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions...
We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past 25 years. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.
At the apogee of Montes’ production, this belongs in their highest tier of wines. Produced from Montes‘ own vineyards in the heart of the Colchagua Valley, Apalta and Marchigüe, it illustrates the potential Chile has to produce outstanding wine if yields are contained and the grapes are picked when fully ripe.
All the grapes are sourced from a the best parcels from the ‘Finca Apalta‘ estate located in Apalta, Colchagua. Aplata is arguably one of the finest sites for red wine grape growing in Chile. Vines in Apalta are planted on 45° slopes providing good exposure which helps achieve ripeness. As with other regions in Chile, the ocean plays a role even at 60km away, with cool breezes moderating this warm area. In addition, the low night temperatures in Apalta prolongs ripening allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. All grapes are hand harvested and yields are very small at 3.5-4 tonnes per hectare.
The grapes for Alpha ‘M‘ are meticulously sorted twice in the winery, once by machine using camera ‘eyes‘ to precision blast air which rejects less than perfect grapes and once by hand (four women on each side of the sorting table). Only perfect berries are used to make this wine. The grapes are cold soaked for 10 days to extract aroma and colour, then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days. Following fermentation, the wine is kept on its skins for 15-20 days to give structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. During ageing, peaceful music is played to the barrels.
Montes Alpha ‘M‘ is a traditional ‘Bordeaux‘ blend with the perfect balance and complexity from the blend of grape varieties. This wine is wonderfully complex, mouth-watering, rich and fruity. The tannins are fine and structured. The cassis, blackberry, vanilla and cigar box aromas on the palate are extremely persistent and simply delicious. Alpha ‘M‘ is unique in that it is approachable now but will also age for up to 20 years.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.