Alpha `M` Apalta Vineyard

Colchagua Valley


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.

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Grapes are sourced from the best parcels from the 'Finca Apalta' in Apalta, arguably one of the finest sites for red wine grape growing in Chile. Vines are planted on 45° slopes providing good exposure to aid ripening. Even at 60km away, the ocean holds influence, with its cool breezes moderating this warm area. Low night-time temperatures further prolong ripening, allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. All grapes are hand harvested and yields are very small at 3.5-4 tonnes per hectare.

Vintage Information

The weather during the 2012-2013 season began with a cooler-than-normal spring that delayed the onset of budbreak and flowering compared to the previous season. December was also rather cold, and rain in the central zone resulted in heavier bunches. A cold January set veraison back, and rainfall put the quality of the most sensitive grapes at risk. February presented some unusually high temperatures, which put the ripening on a par with 2012. The grapes reached harvest in good condition without signs of dehydration. Harvest took place from 15th - 29th April.


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.

Tasting Notes

This wine is very deep, intense, ruby-red in colour. The nose is perfumed and complex with aromas of ripe red and black fruits over subtle notes of crème de cassis, tobacco, and leather. Spice aromas of red and black pepper mingle with cinnamon and dark chocolate notes. The palate is smooth but structured, with silky tannins.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 80% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
5% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 3.77g/l
Residual Sugar 2.19g/l
Wine pH 3.54