Montes Alpha, Colchagua Malbec, 2020
Region: Central Valley, Colchagua, Chile
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Vegetarian; Vegan
This wine is intense ruby red in colour with violet hues. On the nose, aromas of ripe cherries and violets appear first, followed by notes of vanilla and dulce de leche from the French oak. It is a well-balanced wine with rounded tannins and a long, lingering 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.