Alpha Syrah 2018


Alpha Syrah 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley
Grapes: 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Viognier

Montes Alpha Syrah was made with selected grapes from vineyards in the Colchagua Valley irrigated according to the Water Saving Winegrowing system that Aurelio Montes and his team developed over the course of years of research. This system allows Montes to determine the precise amount of water it need to add to the vineyards after the winter rains, especially in particularly dry years when irrigation is indispensible. This has enabled Montes to reduce irrigation water by 65% while simultaneously improving the quality of the fruit.

91 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2018 vintage
91 Points

2018 vintage
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harvest note

In terms of rainfall the 2017 winter was excellent, with total accumulation exceeding 500 mm. in the Colchagua Valley, making it the rainiest year of the last decade. This allowed us to have ample water in our soils and reservoirs, ensuring the optimal development of our plants at all phenological stages, arriving comfortably to harvest. In November there were a few minor spots of spring frost which meant a delay of a few weeks in bud break and flowering. Summer had moderate temperatures, with January averaging 82º F. February saw a notable dip in nighttime temperatures, delaying the ripening of some red and white varieties; in some cases up to 14 days later than the previous season. We were able to harvest the Cabernet Sauvignon at a steady rhythm, taking advantage of the absence of rain, which meant excellent grape health, good measures of ripening, and great varietal expression during fermentation.

tasting note

Deep cherry-red in color, nuanced with violet. The nose is intense and complex, with ripe black fruit, fig, and spicy black pepper, intermingling with tobacco and meatiness, delicate notes of dark chocolate and a subtle touch of toast. The palate is well-balanced and broad, with incredibly smooth tannins lending structure and weight on the mid-palate, leading to a long and elegant finish.

food pairing

Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops.

technical data

GRAPES: 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Viognier
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.49
ACIDITY: 5.4 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 55% of volume during 12 months in french barrel. First, second ans third use.

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
  • 55% aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd-use French oak barrels for 12 months.
  • Well balanced on the palate with rich acidity, smooth tannins, tremendous structure and volume.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, 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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