Grape Varieties: 92% Carménère, 8% Petit Verdot
Growing Region: Apalta & Colchagua Valley, Chile
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

Carménère the long lost grape varietal recently rediscovered (identified in 1994 to be precise) in Chile after thought extinct, from its original home in Bordeaux. This is a superb expression representing the whole exciting dimensions of Carménère. In Chile many winemakers consider it their ‘signature’ grape varietal and some even call it the ‘Jurassic’ grape - that which has returned from the past.

 

Aurelio Montes is a pioneer on the Chilean wine scene, crafting a range of quality wines. Not the first to release a dominant Carménère, preferring to take his time with this ‘new’ varietal until he was satisfied that his wine would be a top contender; the very best Montes could produce. The wait has been worthwhile; this 2010 vintage is a blend of 92% Carménère and 8% Petit Verdot - and with all his wines, touched by the wings of an angel - a purple angel.
Purple Angel is a blend of their best Carménère selected from two estates; with 50% sourced from Apalta and the other 50% coming from their Marchigüe Estate. An outstanding wine that combines both elegance and power in a vibrant wine, with added personality.
The grapes were carefully hand-picked early in the morning retaining a cool temperature when they crushed the fruit. During the 18 months of aging in new French oak barrels, the wine was racked 3 times to remove tired lees, and allow a small amount of oxygen to assist with the wines evolution and maturation. When the final blend was made, racked clear wine was used resulting in no filtration or fining, going unfiltered into the bottle. The wine was laid to rest for 1 year before released onto the market.
In the glass you have an intense purple colour. On the nose you will be greeted by a good concentration of spice, dark fruits combined with dark chocolate. These notes carry through helping to lengthen the palate along with a hint of tobacco and a subtle smoky note due to its time in oak. This wine showcases the spicy nature of the varietal along with ripe, approachable tannins and a full mouth-feel. This vintage is also blended with a touch of Petit Verdot to heighten its structure, give a lift in colour and enhance the black fruits and berries on the aroma and mid-palate. Full bodied, with a balanced amount of rounded tannins giving a friendly grip and good structure to this wine and a long and persistent finish. 14.7% alcohol - decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

A Carménère that is a real treat for the senses.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age gracefully for another 6-8 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with seasoned red meats, roast lamb shank, peppered steaks and hard cheeses, enjoy.