Purple Angel 2015

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Purple Angel 2015

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley
Grapes: 92% Carmenere, 8% Petit Verdot

The vineyards destined for our Purple Angel are located in the Marchigüe and Apalta sectors of the Colchagua Valley. The soils are of granitic origin and vary in their clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and especially in the types of stones of fluvial and glacial origin, which reflects the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards.

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harvest note

The 2014 – 2015 season was normal in terms of precipitation and the availability of water during the development of the phenological stages that need it most. Enough rain fell during the winter months to allow enough water to accumulate in the irrigation reservoirs to supply the growing season. There were no significant spring frosts in any of the areas where our Carmenère is grown. The temperatures were particularly high during the summer, with historic peaks in March and an average temperature that was 94.7ºF higher than that registered in the past 10 years. However, the grapes reached harvest without any dehydration problems and with balanced potential alcohol levels and good levels of pH and natural acidity. It was a year with considerable luminosity and very good temperatures, which allowed the fruit to develop disease free, with good skins, very good color, and an excellent degree of phenolic ripeness.

tasting note

Impressive deep purplish-red in color. Features outstanding aromas of ripe red and black berries, sweet spices, dark chocolate, and mocha notes. The palate is structured with soft, ample tannins. Acidity from the Petit Verdot lends juiciness and enable excellent and exceptional aging potential. The remarkable finish is elegant and intensely complex.

food pairing

Highly recommended with red meats, lamb chops with rosemary, pork ribs, and cannelloni.

technical data

GRAPES: 92% Carmenere, 8% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.58
ACIDITY: 3.7 g/L
ABV: 15.1%
AGING: 18 months in new French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.35 g/l

points of distinction

  • Recognised as the best Chilean Carmenère, described as a “wine from another planet”
  • Variety only reappeared in 1993, after it was thought to be extinct for 200 years
  • Aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months
  • Well-structured and soft on the palate, with ample tannins
  • Vineyards in Apalta, Colchagua Valley
  • 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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