Our Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes selected from our vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. The vineyards are irrigated with our water-saving winegrowing system developed by Aurelio Montes and his team through years of research that has enabled us to know the precise amount of water we need to provide after the winter rains. This is especially important in years with drier winters when irrigation is indispensible. This system has enabled us to reduce our irrigation by 65% while simultaneously improving the quality of the fruit. Deep, intense ruby red with a striking violet tone. The nose of this wine shows its habitual elegance and exhibits potent aromas of ripe red and black fruits such as plums, figs, and blackberries. Soft notes of black pepper and charcuterie intermingle with interesting aromas of tobacco and butterscotch from the French oak, which lend complexity and heighten the seductive aromatic profile of this classic Chilean wine. The robust palate is very well balanced with nicely rounded tannins. Its excellent structure and volume lead to a remarkable and pleasing finish that is very consistent with the nose.
HARVEST Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest: April 15–May 15. The 2013–2014 season was marked by a series of frosts that began during the second half of September and affected many hectares of vines throughout the country, although primarily concentrated in the sectors closest to the coast and to a lesser degree, in the central valley. Some parts of the Marchigüe sector in the Colchagua Valley were affected by frosts, which slightly reduced yields of Cabernet Sauvignon. Apalta, however, did not have any significant frosts, and therefore the phenological stages evolved normally. The winter was not only very cold, but dry as well. Rainfall was at least 30% lower than in a normal year in our Finca de Apalta and Marchigüe properties. The first phenological stages began at least two weeks later than usual due to the influence of the cold spring, although the very hot summer led the grapes to ripen more quickly, which obligated us to begin harvesting some blocks earlier than planned. This season’s naturally lower yields allowed us to maintain good health in the fruit and achieve good concentration of color and phenological maturity.
VINEYARD The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards destined for Montes Alpha are located in the Colchagua Valley, primarily at our Finca Apalta, and with additional contributions from our Marchigüe property. These two areas have soils of granitic origin at differing degrees of decomposition. Both have considerable variation in the clay content, depth, and organic matter. Apalta is very heterogeneous. Some sectors are highly influenced by the river, while others are more affected by mudslides and material that has broken off from the mountains above them. The soils are generally deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the mountains and at higher elevations. The Cabernet Sauvignon is preferably planted on ground that is flat or has a slight slope, where the soil is deeper and has a moderate capacity for moisture retention. The fruit from Apalta has very good expression of elegant and complex aromas as well as very intense color. Marchigüe is flatter, with lower hills. The soils are shallow, and in some cases are no more than 60 cm deep with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are located on the flat lands with a high percentage of rounded stones and are poor in clay. Our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are planted at a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 pl/acre) and are double guyot managed for approximate yields of 7,000 kg/ha (2.8 ton/acre).