|Regulated designation||Denominación de origen (DO)|
|Subregion||Valle del Rappel, Valle de Colchagua|
|Classification||Estate bottled - embotellado en origen|
|Aging vessel type||French Oak|
|Length of aging||12 months|
|Total acidity||3.53 g/l|
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The history of Montes seems like a dream, and that’s truly how it began, gradually becoming reality. It was in 1987 that Montes’ two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, both highly experienced wine professionals, wanted to realize their dream of producing Chilean wines a quantum-leap higher in quality than the standards of the time. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and...
With its usual ruby-red color, this Cabernet Sauvignon strongly shows its Colchagua DNA with potent notes of ripe red fruits, cherries in syrup, blackcurrants, and a touch of jam. Its 12 months in contact with French oak lent complexity with clear dairy notes, a touch of nutmeg, and rich toast. Like the best Cabernets, a touch of tobacco is intermingled with its fruity character. The palate is well balanced with round tannins, good general structure, and a long and elegant finish that required diverse fermentation techniques such as a submerged cap, which allows us to extract color and tannins very gently.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards destined for Montes Alpha are located in the Colchagua Valley, primarily at Finca Apalta, with additional contributions from our Marchigüe property. These two areas have soils of granitic origin at differing degrees of decomposition. Both have considerable variation in the clay content, depth, and organic matter. Apalta is very heterogeneous. Some sectors are highly influenced by the river, while others are more by affected material that has broken off from the mountains above. The soils are generally deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the
mountains and at higher elevations.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is preferably planted on ground that is flat or has a slight slope, where the soil is deeper and has a moderate capacity for moisture retention. The wines from Apalta offer very good aromatic expression with much elegance and complexity as well as intense colors. The topography of the Marchigüe property is much flatter, and its rolling hills are lower. The soils are shallow, and in some cases are no more than 60 cm deep with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are located on the flat lands with a high percentage of rounded stones and little clay content. The vineyards are planted to a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 pl/acre) and are double guyot managed for approximate yields of 7,000 kg/ha (2.8 ton/acre).
Montes Alpha wines are made with select grapes from the Colchagua Valley vineyards, which are irrigated via the Sustainable Dry Farming system developed by Aurelio Montes and his team through years of research. This has meant not irrigating some vintages, allowing the vineyard to provide just the right amount of water after the winter rains. This reduces the water footprint by 65% and enriches the fruitiness and aromatic expression of the wine.
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