Montes Purple Angel Colchagua 2017
showcases the rich flavours typical of Carménère. The addition of 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 linger on the finish.
The 2012 vintage saw favourable conditions in the months leading up to harvest, with minimal rainfall in the spring resulting in good flowering and fruit set. Despite good overall fruit quality, water deficits meant that some varieties experienced water stress. March was excessively hot, with a total of 14 days reaching temperatures above 30ºC. As a result of this, harvest was brought forward by three weeks, with picking for the red varieties commencing in late March.
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 producing Montes Purple Angel Colchagua 2012.
Montes was established in 1988 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.