Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon

£14.50
  • Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon

Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon

£14.50

AVAILABILITY: 15 in stock

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby red in colour, with violet hues. There are intense notes of ripe red and black fruit, including strawberry, black plum, and blueberry. Notes of tobacco, leather, and toast mingle with the fruit characters, which are followed by creamy notes of dulce de leche and toffee. The palate is well-balanced with round tannins, good structure and a long, elegant finish. 

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Style Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Spice, Tannic, Coffee, Red Fruits, Dried Fruit
Country Chile
Region Colchagua Valley
Volume 75cl
ABV 14.5%
Dietary Vegetarian, Vegan

 

About the Producer

Montes Wines was established in 1988 after the addition of two further partners, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand to the original visionary partners, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray.  Murray and Montes both had extensive experience in the world of wine and wished to make their dream come true of being the people responsible for raising the bar for the quality of wine production in Chile.  The four men all made exemplary contributions to creating and establishing 'Discover Wine Ltda' now known as Viña Montes.

Aurelio Montes has since said of their venture "The Viña Montes adventure was almost a retirement project for us. We wanted to make a small, boutique-type vineyard to entertain ourselves the day we were definitely retired and that would also allow us to show off good wines in international markets."

Vineyard and Winemaking

The grapes come from Montes' vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe. The sites are irrigated via a 'Sustainable Dry Farmed' system which allows for precise and minimal irrigating, reducing their water footprint by 65%. In Apalta, vines are planted on 45° slopes, providing good exposure for ripeness. Low night-time temperatures moderate this warm area, ensuring the grapes ripen steadily and thus preserving good levels of natural acidity. Marchigüe is cooler and lies in the rain shadow of the Coastal Range, reducing the threat of fungal disease and 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. The grapes were then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 - 10 days and kept on their skins to give structure and colour. After malolactic conversion, 100% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (30% new, with the remaining second and third use) for 12 months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.

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