2016 Merlot, Montes Alpha, Colchagua
90% Merlot , 10% Carmenère. Ripe red fruit and blackcurrant leaf on the nose with a spicy plum fruit on the palate, this soft, juicy Merlot is made in a very approachable, versatile style.
Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. The Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. Since then, Alpha has developed to become 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 rather than mechanical or industrial.
Globo Vultur Petit Verdot
This is a textured wine with smooth tannins. The mouth sensation of this wine is large and has good volume. The elegance of the Petit Verdot combines perfectly with the liveliness and freshness of the Carignan – achieving an in mouth sensation of great balance and tenor. The nose of this wine is slightly spicy, offering notes of raspberries, signature of the Carignan
Montes Alpha, Colchagua Carmenère
From the Montes flagship Alpha range, the ripe cherry perfume, soft, juicy berry fruit and sweet spiced finish make this an excellent illustration of the quality of Carmenere in the right hands.
A deep ruby red in colour, this wine has intense aromas of blackberries, figs and dried plums with notes of nutmeg, black pepper and dark chocolate. The palate is lush and full-bodied, with soft tannins leading to a long, elegant finish.
The Carmenère grapes come from Montes' own vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, arguably two of the finest sites in the Colchagua Valley. The sites are irrigated via a 'Sustainable Dry Farmed' system which allows for precise and minimal irrigating. In Apalta, vines are planted on 45° slopes, providing good exposure to achieve ripeness. Cool ocean breezes and low night-time temperatures help to moderate this warm area, allowing for slow ripening. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because of its closer proximity to the ocean. Conditions are dry, with the region lying in the rain shadow of the Coastal Range, reducing the threat of fungal disease and resulting in consistently healthy harvests.
The grapes for this wine were cold soaked at 10°C for five days to extract aroma and colour. Following this, they underwent fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks for 12 days and were then kept on the skins to impart structure and colour. The wine was then matured for 12 months, with 55% of the final blend in first, second and third-use French oak barrels.