Deep red in colour with aromas of blackberries and figs, nutmeg, dark chocolate and pastry. Beautifully rich on the palate with well-structured ripe tannins. Balanced acidity make it food friendly.
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. The Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. Since then, Alpha has developed to become the core range in the Montes portfolio. The grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on rather than mechanical or industrial.
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 night-time temperatures moderate this warm area, permitting slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. Marchigüe is slightly cooler because of its close proximity to the ocean. Conditions are dry, reducing the threat of fungal disease and resulting in consistently healthy harvests
All grapes were hand harvested. 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 its skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (80% new and 20% one-year-old) for 18 months. 8% Petit Verdot was added to the final blend which adds spice, structure, colour and acidity.