The vineyards that produce grapes for our Montes Alpha Chardonnay are located in the Aconcagua Costa region. The proximity of the vines to the Pacific Ocean and the pronounced influence of sea breezes provide ideal conditions for Chardonnay to ripen slowly and completely. The high variability in the soils, which range from sandy to clay-loam, lend this wine enormous complexity with tremendous cold-climate typicity, but with an impressive aromatic palate. The most important clones used are Dijon 76, which contributes tropical fruit and citrus notes, and clone 95, which lends great volume to the palate thanks to the highly concentrated grapes it produces.
All the vineyards are vertical shoot position trellised and drip irrigated. Yields are usually less than 9,000 kg/hectare, with bunches very well distributed among the vines, aiding very good ventilation and overall excellent health from the cool temperatures of the entire ripening period.
Denomination of Origin: Casablanca Valley, Chile.
Clones selection: Clones 76 and 95.
Filtering: Via cartridge filters prior to bottling.
Vineyard yields: 8–9 tons/hectare (3–3.4 tons/acre).
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay.
Barrel ageing: 35% of the components of this wine were aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Cellaring Recommendations: Keep in a cool, dry place at no more than 15˚C (59˚F) and away from all sources
Recommended Serving Temperature: 12˚–13˚C (54˚–56˚F).
Decanting: Not required.
Food Pairing: This is a very versatile wine. It is highly recommended with salmon tartare, lobster, fresh shellfish, ripe cheeses, and with hot dishes such as crab gratin and mildly sauced white meats and pastas.
Total acidity (H2SO4): 3.14 g/L
Volatile acidity (C2H4O2): 0.35 g/L
Residual sugar: 2.73 g/L
Free SO2: 0.03 g/L