Montes Alpha Carménère 2020
The Carménère grapes for this Montes Alpha wine come from Montes' own vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, arguably two of the finest sites in the Colchagua Valley. The vines are irrigated via a 'Sustainable Dry Farmed' system which allows for precise and minimal irrigating. In Apalta, vines are planted on 45° slopes, providing good exposure to achieve ripeness. Cool ocean breezes and low night-time temperatures help to moderate this warm area, allowing for slow ripening. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because of its closer proximity to the ocean. Conditions are dry, with the region lying in the rain shadow of the Coastal Range, reducing the threat of fungal disease and resulting in consistently healthy harvests. Partially matured in French oak for 12 months the Montes Alpha Carménère is deep ruby red in colour with violet hues. On the nose, it has intense aromas of blackberries and plums with notes of mint, mocha and sweet spice. The French oak lends some toasty notes that complement the aromatic profile. It is a full-bodied wine with smooth, velvety tannins and a long, vibrant finish.