Montes Alpha Merlot was made with selected grapes from our vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. This vineyard uses the Water Saving Winegrowing method developed by Aurelio Montes and his team as the result of years of research that enabled them to determine the precise amount of water we need to supplement after the winter rains, especially in years with low rainfall, when irrigation is indispensible. This has enabled us to reduce the amount of irrigation used by 65% while simultaneously improving the quality of the fruit.

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2018 vintage
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2020 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2014-2015 season can be considered normal in terms of precipitation and the availability of water during the development of the phenological stages that need it most. The winter was rainy enough that the water required for the season was able to accumulate in the ground and irrigation reservoirs. The spring was free of significant frosts in all of the areas where we grow our red varieties.
Tasting Note
Intense cherry red color with violet nuances. The complex aromas of blackberries, figs, and plums in syrup mix with spice notes of black pepper and fresh tobacco. This well-structured wine features a medium body and smooth, round tannins that make this an ideal wine to enjoy now or over the course of the next 10 years.
Food Pairing
Highly recommended with duck breast, lamb or pork chops, pasta with pesto, lamb masala, and chicken with mushroom sauce.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 90% Merlot, 10% Carmenère
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.43
ACIDITY: 3.82 g/L
ABV: 14%
AGING: 55% of the wine was aged for 12 months in first, second, and third-use French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 4.91 g/L
Unique Selling Points
  • Pioneered the way for all premium wines in Chile, remains #1 in the niche
  • 55% aged in French oak barrels for 12 months

About the Grape

Merlot
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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