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Montes Alpha M 2019 (750 ml x 6 with Premium Wooden Box)

RM2,688.00

Size: 750ml x 6 bottles
Packaging: 6-bottle pack with premium wooden box

Grape Varieties

80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Tasting Notes:

With a terrific colour of red dried sour cherries, the wine readily unfolds its elegance on the nose, releasing ripe, red-berry aromas of raspberry and strawberry, in addition to plum and ripe grapes. The notes derived from ageing in barrels, such as nutmeg, toasted nuts, tobacco, and a subtle tone of liqueur wine, are well integrated with the fruitiness.

On the palate, the flavours gain in intensity. It reveals superb balance, with tannins of outstanding smoothness, ample body, and magnificent length.

Food Pairing

Highly recommended with red meat, duck breast, lamb or pork chops, pasta with pesto, lamb masala, and chicken with mushroom sauce.

Critic Reviews

JamesSuckling.com, 2022 – 97 Pts – Vintage 2019

Deep nose, but really fresh at the same time. Currants, blackberries and chili-pepper chocolate with cedary and meaty undertones. This is really juicy, with a tight, tensely framed palate, underscored by lots of creamy, dusty tannins. A lengthy, refined and elegant expression of cabernet sauvignon, but a strong statement from Colchagua. Drink or hold.

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Description

Montes Alpha M

The production of Montes Alpha M is extremely limited and vintages are only released if our head winemaker, Aurelio Montes considers the quality of the wine to be of a good enough standard. Production starts by selecting individual grapes at harvest time. This wine, from Colchagua Valley, is one of the best and most awarded Chilean wines.

VINEYARDS

The vineyards that produce our Montes Alpha M are located in the Colchagua Valley, at our Finca de Apalta (Apalta Estate). Its soils are of granitic origin, with varying clay content, depth, and amount of organic matter; but their most important variable is the types of stone found, whose origins range from fluvial to glacial, illustrating the great diversity of soils found in our vineyards. There are some areas strongly influenced by the nearby Tinguiririca River and others defined by alluvium and eroded material from the highest parts of the mountain chain encircling the valley. Soils tend to be deep in the flat areas and thinner in the piedmont and higher parts. It is in the latter that our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are to be found, planted on soils where the incline reaches up to 30°. They are trellised in the double and simple Guyot systems, and planted at a density of 5,555 plants per hectare (2,250 pl/acre), seeking a yield of 3.5 to 4.0 tons/ha (1.4 to 1.6 tons/acre). In this way, we obtain the wines that characterize us: great concentration, good structure, outstanding colour, and excellent ageing potential.

VINTAGE 2019 HARVEST

Harvest dates:
Cabernet Sauvignon: from April 4 to 23.
Cabernet Franc: from April 8 to 10.
Merlot: from March 18 to 29.
Petit Verdot: from April 16 to 22.
At the beginning of the season, winter in Apalta presented itself with mild temperatures and rainfall close to 320 mm, a considerable drop compared to the previous year’s 500 mm. We started irrigating later in the season because of the rainy and cool spring, which allowed us to reserve water for summer.
We experienced a dry summer in the Colchagua Valley. It was warm, but not warm enough to damage the vines or grapes,and we didn’t suffer any other climatic events that could have harmed the health of the grapes. We implemented controlled water-stress conditions between fruit set and veraison, limiting berry size and achieving a great skin-to-pulp ratio, which resulted in superb colour and concentration, rich tannins, and remarkable aromas. The weather presented good conditions for harvesting red varieties. There was no rain in March or April, so we waited for full phenolic ripeness, without the threat of disease that could have affected the quality of the wine. In short, this
was not a year of detrimental weather events, so the health and quality of the grapes gave us clean musts of great potential.

VINIFICATION

We harvested the grapes in 8-kg boxes during the coolest hours of the day. Bunches were sorted before destemming, and then the berries went through a subsequent selection process to remove any that were shrivelled or green. The grapes were transferred to stainless steel tanks without the need for crushing; they were processed on the top storey of our Apalta winery, so that by just falling into the tanks below, their skins were broken enough to release juice, without damaging the seeds. The fruit remained in the tanks for at least five days at 9°C, which allowed the grapes to release colour and varietal aromatic expression. We then added selected yeasts and carried out the
fermentation process for ten days at 28ºC. Post-fermentation maceration can take another 10 days, but no more. This process achieves roundness in the wines, often associated with malolactic fermentation, which also occurs under these conditions. After that, the wine was separated from its solid parts and statically decanted, to clean it. We finally racked it into French oak barrels, where we kept it for 18 months.

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.45
Total Acidity (H2SO4): 3.85 g/lt
Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2): 0.68 g/lt
Residual Sugar: 3.49 g/lt
Free SO2: 15 mg/lt

Cellaring Recommendations: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º (62 ºF)
Decanting: Recommended for one hour at least.

Source: https://www.monteswines.com/en/wines/icons/montes-alpha-m

 

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Weight 12.5 kg
Wine Body

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