Alpha Chardonnay 2016

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Alpha Chardonnay 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Aconcagua Coast
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

The vineyards that produce grapes for 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.

93 Points

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2015-2016 season was a little out of the ordinary. It was normal to good in terms of water availability, with optimal moisture in the soil at the time of flowering. Rainfall was very sporadic, but significant in terms of volume and intensity, which affected fruting in those areas where the rains coincided with flowering mid-November. The summer was not that hot, with only a few temperature peaks in January and February. Overall, temperatures were below historical averages, especially in March with an average temperature 2° lower than in 2015. This had repercussions for ripening, especially for the red varieties. The grapes ripened at least 12 days later than they did in the previous year. But the fruit reached the winery in very good condition. Bunches had fewer berries than in 2015, but they were bigger, with excellent skins that deliver fresher aromas and complex, structured palates.

tasting note

Brilliant, light golden-yellow color. The perfumed and elegant nose offers notes of tropical fruit, such as cherimoya and ripe pineapple, while a touch of pear and banana adds complexity to the fruit profile. Delicate notes of white flower petal intermingle very well with the light, nutty aromas of toast. A hint of white asparagus tells of its origins in a coastal climate. The palate starts gently, with refreshing crisp acidity, then opens up with rather voluptuous structure and volume. A certain mineral note, characteristic of the terroir, lingers on in the long and elegant finish.

food pairing

Pairs well with white meat, fish, and pasta.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Aconcagua Coast
PH: 3.41
ACIDITY: 3.36 g/L
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: 35% of the wine is kept for 12 months in French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.38 g/L

points of distinction

  • Pioneered the way for all premium wines in Chile, remains #1 in the niche
  • Awarded ‘Top Scoring’ and ‘Best Value’ by the influential, Wine Spectator magazine
  • 35% aged in French oak barrels for 12 months
  • Smooth with perfectly balanced acidity, a fresh wine with generous volume
  • Vineyards located in the Aconcagua Coast region
  • about the grape +
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The story of Montes is a testament to what unique vision, grit, determination, and perseverance can achieve.

– Aurelio Montes Jr, Chief Winemaker

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