Grape Variety: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Merlot
Growing Region: Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Owner / Head Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

For over 25 years Aurelio and Montes wines has been a leading light of Chilean winemaking. Producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon's, grown from grapes from their famous Colchagua Valley and one of the most respected wines of Chile.
Their very first wine release was a 1987 ‘Alpha’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and it changed the Chilean wine industry forever. Their 1987 vintage was singled out by the UK’s Wine Magazine as one of the best 10-year-old red wines in the world.

 

At the time, is was a very unique, elegant and even stylish wine, that showed the world, the level of excellence that Chile could achieve. Later this range was extended with other noble grape varietals and in their own right, very special wines from the Colchagua Valley. 
Montes craft expressive and technically sound varietal wines, and this Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is a prime example. With this wine being vinified to exacting standards and to precise detail, extracting both ripe berry flavours and terroir characters - then being aged for 12 months in new and used French fine grain Allier oak barrels. The resulting wine is well balanced, with rich fruit flavours, a full mouth feel and rich texture, approachable in its youth, though will repay several years of further bottle development.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep, rich red coloured wine. On the nose this wine has an elegant, complex and intense aroma of wild violets and dark fruits, including those of ripe blackberries, cassis, along with bitter-chocolate, black pepper and tobacco notes. .
This 2010 'Alpha' Cabernet has great complexity, varietal flavour and mouth feel, the palate is balanced with well-integrated oak, medium to full-bodied with grippy tannins. The time in oak lends vanilla and coffee notes, producing a wine in perfect balance with real finesse and character. It is composed, harmonious and packs brilliant fruit integrity, leaving you well satisfied. This is an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon with a remarkably long finish. Decant for 45 minutes and serve at 17-18ºC.

An iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted in Chile.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; though will repay another 5-7 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with prime red meats, barbequed beef, slow roasted pork ribs, rich pasta dishes and well seasoned roasted chops with a Cabernet jus, enjoy.