Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and...
Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past three decades. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.
The grapes for Purple Angel come from Montes' own vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe, arguably two of the finest sites in the Colchagua Valley. In Apalta, vines are planted on 45° slopes, providing good exposure to achieve ripeness. Cool ocean breezes and low nighttime temperatures moderate this warm area, permitting slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because of its closer proximity to the ocean. Conditions are dry, reducing the threat of fungal disease and resulting in consistently healthy harvests. All grapes were hand harvested.
The 2011 vintage in the Colchagua Valley was marked by a notably cool growing season. The result of this was a late harvest, with picking commencing two weeks later than average. Though this posed challenges for growers, these cooler temperatures produced highly aromatic wines with excellent acidity and concentration. Yields were down, but the overall quality of fruit was outstanding and the resulting wines are well balanced and elegant.
Grapes underwent a meticulous, dual sorting process in the winery, once by machine using camera 'eyes' to reject less than perfect grapes and once by hand. Only perfect berries made the final cut for this wine. Fruit underwent cold soaking for 10 days to extract aroma and colour, before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for eight days. Following this, the wine spent 15-20 days on skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months.
Purple Angel showcases the rich flavours typical of Carménère. The addition of Petit Verdot gives the wine spice, colour, structure and acidity. Deep ruby red in colour, the wine has alluring red and blackberry notes on the nose. The palate is densely concentrated, with spice, chocolate and mocha which lingers on the finish.
|Grape varieties||92% Carmenère
8% Petit Verdot
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.