The vineyards that produce the grapes for Alpha Malbec come from Apalta and Marchigüe estates in the Colchagua Valley. Both properties have soils of granitic origin with different degrees of decomposition and varying amounts of clay, depth, and organic matter. The Apalta estate is extremely diverse with zones that are highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and others by mudslides and geological material that breaks off from the mountains above. The soils tend to be deep in the flat areas and shallower at the foot of the mountain and higher areas. The Malbec vineyards are located in zones with gentle slopes where the soils present a mixture of material from fluvial and alluvial origin, medium depths, and low moisture retention.

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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2016 - 2017 season began with a drier winter than usual. The spring brought four consecutive days of frost in the coldest areas, but red varieties were unaffected. The summer saw very high temperatures approaching 40ºC in some sectors of the valley in January, which accelerated ripening. Temperatures dropped significantly in early March, enabling the grapes to develop more aromas, ripen their tannins, and obtain ideal skin color. Generally, the smaller yields meant the grapes were smaller and more concentrated leading to wines of excellent quality and expression.
Tasting Note
A deep ruby red color with an intense violet hue. The nose focuses around pronounced aromas of ripe sour cherries, violets and wildflowers, while a touch of crème de cassis, jam, and anise round out the aromatic profile. The generous palate has tremendous volume and perfectly round tannins lend structure to a long, lingering finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs very well with most red and white meats, although it is a natural fit with grilled pork and barbecue chicken. Also a very good accompaniment with beef stew, spicy beef, and Mexican mole dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 95% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.54
ACIDITY: 3.63 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 50% of the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (1st, 2nd, and 3rd use).
Unique Selling Points
  • 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
  • 50% aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels for 12 months
  • Sweet on the palate, smooth, round tannins, which provide structure and volume
  • Vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley

About the Grape

Malbec
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
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