Montes Purple Angel 2015  £47.95


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MONTES PURPLE ANGEL 

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. We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past three decades. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.

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.

The 2014-2015 season was average in terms of rain during the phenological ripening, when it is most needed. The winter was rainy enough that the water required for the season accumulated in the reservoirs. January was very cloudy in the valley, and February was clear and warmer than normal, which enabled harvest to begin in late February with crisp and aromatic skins, good concentration and balanced sugar and acidity.

All grapes were hand-harvested. Grapes underwent a meticulous, dual sorting process in the winery, once by machine using camera 'eyes' to reject less than perfect grapes and once by hand. Only perfect berries made the final cut for this wine. 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 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. 8% Petit Verdot is added to the final blend which adds spice, structure, colour and acidity.

Purple Angel displays the rich flavours typical of Carmenère. Deep ruby red in colour, the wine has alluring redcurrant and blackberry notes on the nose, combined with delicate herbaceous notes of nettle, violet and rosehip. The palate is concentrated, full-bodied, with rich tannins, vibrant acidity and spicy mocha perfumes on the finish.


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 Luis Gutiérrez

 The Wine Advocate

"The bottle of the 2015 Purple Angel looks like a magnum, but it's only big, like the wine it contains. This is a ripe, heady and generously oaked blend of Carmenere with 8% Petit Verdot that has abundant herbal and spicy aromas and flavors. It matured in brand new French barriques for 18 months. So you can imagine it's going to be quite oaky, and the texture shows some grainy tannins that are going to require some more time in bottle to get polished. It finishes dry, with some astringency. Very 1990s. Will it come into balance with bottle age? 180,000 bottles."

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