OENOFOROS Product Details 0109 Oenoforos Montes Purple Angel 2018
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Country: Chile,Valle Central, Valle del Rappel, Valle de Colchagua
Varieties: Carmenère 92% Petit Verdot 8%

Natalie MacLean: 99/100

James Suckling: 98/100
Wine Spectator: 94/100
Vinification: Harvest began when flavours in the grapes reached their peak. Picked by hand into 10-kg trays, the grapes arrived at our Apalta winery and were processed on the highest floor of the building, allowing us to use gravity to later transfer them smoothly into their fermentation tanks. First, bunches were selected and destemmed, then the grapes themselves were sorted, leaving out those that were either too green or dried out. Only those grapes in optimal condition continued to a cold maceration at 10ºC for five to seven days. Selected yeasts were then added, which ensured proper fermentation and allowed us to keep all the desired qualities of the grapes. Fermentation lasted 12–15 days at temperatures ranging from 26º to 29ºC. Once fermentation was complete, the wine remained in contact with the skins, and its development was monitored by daily tastings. The objective of this maceration is to make a wine with good body and extract all the positive elements that the skins provide. Next, the wine was drained and racked, to separate it from the skins. Then 80 per cent was transferred to new French oak barrels and 20 per cent to second- and third-use barrels, where it remained for 16 to 18 months before being bottled.

The vineyards that produce Montes Purple Angel are located in Finca de Apalta and El Arcángel de Marchigüe estates in the Colchagua Valley. Here, the soils are of granitic origin and vary in clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and especially in types of fluvial and glacial stones, reflecting the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards. Apalta has heterogeneous soils with some parcels highly influenced by the nearby Tinguiririca River and others that are the product of floods and erosion from the mountains high above. Soils tend to be deep on the plain and shallower at the foot of the mountains and in the higher slopes. The Carmenère vineyards for Purple Angel are optimally planted in flatter zones, where the soil is deeper and moisture retention is moderate. Marchigüe is flatter, with lower hills and moderate slopes. Its soils are shallow -in some areas no more than 60 cm- with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Carmenère vineyards for Purple Angel 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 grapes completely exposed, which allowed us to achieve even ripening, and more importantly, to reduce the amount of bell-pepper character pyrazines.

Harvest Period:
April 22–29 The 2016-17 harvest was characterised by low levels of precipitation in winter, which meant we had to be very efficient in gathering rainwater and irrigating until harvest, fully abiding by our philosophy of sustainable irrigation. In spring there were only isolated spots of frost, making it a rather benign season. However, yields of our red grapes were somewhat diminished due to poor floral induction the year before, on top of the restricted availability of water. Unusually high temperatures in January and February greatly influenced ripening. These spikes accelerated the accumulation of sugars, compared to the same dates in previous years. However, March had cooler afternoons, shrinking the number of hours of heat and improving diurnal temperature variation. This was advantageous because we could wait for the tannins to mature, which is especially important for Carmenère. Grapes were harvested in excellent health, with the optimal levels of ripeness and flavour.

Tasting Notes: 
The nose offers an interesting combination of potency and elegance with predominantly intense aromas of black fruits such as blackberries and figs with light toasted notes that come from aging in French oak barrels. On the palate, it is very well structured and offers incredibly round tannins that lend volume, breadth, and a soft, sweet sensation. Very well-balanced acidity toward the mid-palate delivers an elegant, lingering finish.

Food Pairing: Red Meat, Cheese

Viña Montes is a modern-day success story. Started in only 1988, Montes has quickly realized the dream of its founders: pioneering the production of premium quality, “first-growth” Chilean wine respected by critics and trade, while elevating the winemaking profile of Chile on the world stage.
Case Bottles: 6
Product Id: 0109




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The Grape
Chile is the bastion of the Carménère grape today but during the early 19th century it was one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties in the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it was a valued blending partner of Cabernet Franc. However its susceptibility to the twin evils of phylloxera and oidium led to growers uprooting it in the 1860s and replacing it with better yielding grape varieties such as Merlot.

It was first introduced in Chile in the 19th century where it thrived on the country’s phylloxera-free vineyards, as most of its vines are planted on native rootstock. For a long time it stayed in obscurity, as it was mixed with Merlot plantings in the vineyards but now is being identified, vinified and labelled separately.

In Chile it accounts nowadays for about 8,000 hectares or 8 percent of the national vineyard and it is typically blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, imparting succulent and luxurious fuitness.

Carménère wines are deeply coloured and are usually well structured with smooth, well-rounded tannins, and ripe berry fruit flavours. Cooler climate regions, like the coastal Limari in Chile, produce an earthy, leaner, more elegant style with crunchy red fruit and green pepper flavours. Warmer climates, like in Maipo, give concentrated, heady wines, inky-coloured and with opulent notes of dark chocolate, soy sauce and black pepper.