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.
The Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. It was a modern expression of a classic grape which illustrated that Chile could produce wines that stood shoulder to shoulder with what their competitors around the world were making. Since then, Alpha has gone from being a wine to being the core range in the Montes portfolio. The grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on and individual rather than mechanical and industrial. The result is a range of wines that offer superb value within the premium wine market – whether from Chile or anywhere else.
The Carménère grapes come from Montes‘ own vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe located in the Colchagua Valley. 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 prolong ripening, allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because it is only 25km away from the ocean and receives regulating cool ocean breezes. In addition, Marchigüe is dry, lying in the rain shadow of the Costal Range with low fungal disease pressure resulting in consistently healthy harvests. All grapes were hand harvested.
The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for five days to extract aroma and colour. After that, the grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12 days and then kept on their skins to give structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, 55% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (1/3rd of them new) for twelve months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
This Carménère has aromas of blackberries, chocolate, vanilla and dried herbs. The palate is complex and concentrated with firm but round tannins, balanced acidity and a lingering finish.
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
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