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Montes Purple Angel Colchagua

Colchagua Valley

Montes

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. 

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Vineyards

The grapes for Purple Angel come from Montes‘ own vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, arguably two of the finest sites in the Colchagua Valley. In Apalta, vines are planted on 45° slopes, providing good exposure to achieve ripeness. Cool ocean breezes and low night-time temperatures moderate this warm area, permitting slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because of its closer proximity to the ocean. Conditions are dry, reducing the threat of fungal disease and resulting in consistently healthy harvests. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

The 2011 vintage in the Colchagua Valley was marked by a notably cool growing season. The result of this was a late harvest, with picking commencing two weeks later than average. Though this posed challenges for growers, these cooler temperatures produced highly aromatic wines with excellent acidity and concentration. Yields were down, but the overall quality of fruit was outstanding and the resulting wines are well balanced and elegant.

Vinification

Grapes underwent a meticulous, dual sorting process in the winery, once by machine using camera ‘eyes‘ to reject less than perfect grapes and once by hand. Only perfect berries made the final cut for this wine. Fruit underwent cold soaking for 10 days to extract aroma and colour, before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for eight days. Following this, the wine spent 15-20 days on skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. 

Tasting Notes

Purple Angel showcases the rich flavours typical of Carménère. The addition Petit Verdot gives the wine spice, colour, structure and acidity. Deep ruby red in colour, the wine has alluring red and blackberry notes on the nose. The palate is densely concentrated, with spice, chocolate and mocha which lingers on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 92% Carmenère
8% Petit Verdot
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.13g/l
Residual Sugar 2.7g/l
Wine pH 3.54
Bottle Sizes 75cl,  150cl