Impressive and very deep garnet red color. Tremendous aromatic intensity with a predominance of ripe red and black berry fruit intermingled with aromas of sweet spices and pastries. The aromas contributed by the French oak meld very well, lending subtle notes of dark chocolate and vanilla accompanied by well-balanced toast. The palate is very well structured with very smooth tannins that lend breadth and complexity. This is a wine with juicy acidity, generous volume, and flavors in line with its aromatic profile, ending with a long and elegant finish.
HARVEST Harvest Date: May 1–10. The 2013–2014 season was marked by a series of frosts that began in the second half of September and affected a large part of the country, although primarily concentrated in the areas closest to the sea, and to a lesser degree, to the Central Valley. In the Colchagua Valley, some sectors of the Marchigüe area were affected, which slightly reduced the yields of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. There were no significant frosts in Apalta, however, and therefore the phenological stages progressed normally. In addition to being cold, the winter was also very dry. Total precipitation was at least 30% less than in a normal year both in Apalta and Marchigüe. The early phenological stages began at least two weeks later than usual due to the cold conditions in the spring, but a very hot summer led to an acceleration in the ripening of the berries. The Carmenère harvest took place on dates similar to those of the previous year. This season’s naturally low yields helped the fruit maintain good health. The Carmenère reached harvest with small berries on loose bunches with good color concentration and optimal phenolic maturity.
VINEYARDS The vineyards destined for our Purple Angel are located in the Marchigüe and Apalta sectors of the Colchagua Valley. The soils are of granitic origin and vary in their clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and especially in the types of stones of fluvial and glacial origin, which reflects the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards. Apalta has very heterogeneous soils and zones that are highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and others that are the product of floods and the detachment of material from high above in the mountains. The soils tend to be deep on the plain and thinner at the foot of the mountain and upper areas. In the case of the Carmenère, the vineyards are preferably planted in the flat zones, where the soil is deeper and has moderate moisture retention. Marchigüe is flatter and has lower hills with moderate slopes. Its soils are shallow—in some cases no more than 60 cm—with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The vineyards are located in the flatter zones and are planted at a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250/acre) and are double guyot trained for a yield of approximately 3.5–4.0 tons/hectare (1.4–1.6 tons/acre). The leaves closest to the fruit were vigorously pulled in early January to leave the fruit completely exposed, which allowed us to achieve even ripening, and more importantly, to reduce the amount of pyrazines.
BASIC ANALYSIS Alcohol 14.5º Total Acidity (H2SO4) 3.41 g/lt. Residual Sugar 2.90 g/lt. pH 3.58 Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2) 0.64 g/lt. Free SO2 34 mg/lt.
SUGGESTIONS Cellaring Recommendations: Store in a cool, dry place at no more than 15ºC (59°F) and away from sources of light. Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19ºC / 63º–66ºF. Decanting: At least 1 hour. Pairing Suggestion: Highly recommended with red meats, lamb chops with rosemary, pork ribs, and cannelloni. www.monteswines.com
Denomination of Origin: Marchigüe Vineyard, Colchagua Valley.
Clone Selection: Clones developed by the Catholic University of Chile.
Filtration: Moderate filtering through micropore filters.
Vineyard Yield: 3.5–4.0 tons/hectare (1.4–1.6 tons/acre).
Grape Varieties: 92% Carmenère – 8% Petit Verdot.
Barrel Aging: 100% of the components of this wine were aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.