This Merlot is sourced primarilyfrom Montes' Marchigüe Estate vineyard while the Cabernet Franc in the blend comes from the Apalta Estate. These two unique vineyards feature granite-rich soils in differing degrees of decomposition. Both have considerable variation in the clay content, depth, and organic matter from the influence of erosion and deposits from local rivers over time. The soils are generally deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the mountains and at higher elevations.

92 Points
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
Concentrated winter rains totaling 20 inches provided a important water supply for the vineyards at a level not experienced in more than ten years. Budbreak and fruit set took place as expected, without spring frost, assuring the production of good-quality bunches. Significant rain after ripening created a huge amount of work in the vineyards to increase ventilation and enhance fruit drying. Timely action allowed winemakers to reach harvest with healthy grapes of good quality. Generally speaking, the season was cooler than the previous one, resulting in better color and aroma concentration and fresh wines with great personality.
Tasting Note
Deep ruby red color with flecks of violet, the nose shows pronounced aromas of ripe sour cherries, violets and wildflowers. The palate fills with crème de cassis, and subtle notes of anise. The body is voluminous with perfectly round tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Food Pairing
Highly recommended with duck breast, lamb or pork chops, pasta with pesto, lamb marsala, or chicken with mushroom sauce.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Colachagua Valley
PH: 3.45
ACIDITY: 3.55 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 55% of the wine was aged for 12 months in first, second, and third use French oak barrels.
Unique Selling Points
  • Unique blend of granite soil types from Apalta and Marchigϋe.
  • Distinct varietal character and generous body make this an exceptional value

About the Grape

Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
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