Montes Alpha Colchagua Carmenere 2020
Region: Central Valley, Colchagua, Chile
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 90% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan
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.
When they started producing Montes Alpha in 1987, they needed balanced yields and to harvest when the grapes were ripe. They adapted these practices to all their vineyards and the results were startling. Montes’ own vineyards now cover 75% of their requirements. The other 25% of fruit is produced in vineyards that they have planted, cultivated and picked. In other words, they control everything except the ownership of the land. In addition to this control over the vineyard, they also sell in bulk what is not good enough to go into the bottles that carry their label. Having made the selection in the vineyard, they are able to make a further selection in the winery. The results are there for you to taste. In 2020, Aurelio Montes’ illustrious career was recognised in the form of the International Wine Challenge’s Lifetime Achievement Award.