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Montes ‘Purple Angel’ 2012 (Magnum 1,500ml with Limited Edition Wooden Box)


This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenere, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Purple Angel, has been recognised as Chile’s best Carmenere. Critics all over the world have named this wine a ‘wine from another planet’ .

The vineyards that produce Purple Angel are located at our Finca de Apalta and El Arcangel de Marchiga¼e estates, in the Colchagua Valley. Here the soils are of granitic origin and vary in clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and, notably, types of fluvial and glacial stones, reflecting the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards. Apalta has heterogeneous soils with some blocks highly influenced by the nearby Tinguiririca River and others produced by the erosion of the mountains high above. Soils tend to be deep on the plain and shallower at the foot of the mountains and on the higher slopes. The Carmenere vineyards for Purple Angel are optimally planted in lower zones, where the soil is deeper and moisture retention is moderate. Marchiga¼e is flatter, with low hills and moderate slopes.

100% of the components of this wine were aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels. The 2012 intense carmine red in colour with tremendous aromatic potency. Complex and bursting with character. Ripe red and black fruits such as plums, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries predominate on the nose, complemented by aromas of pastries and nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon and jam. The contribution of French oak is distinguished by a delicate aroma of caffe latte, toffee, and caramel followed by notes of toast from the first-use oak. The palate is nicely balanced with very well-rounded tannins and an outstanding central nerve from the Petit Verdot. This is a creamy wine with a sensation of flavors that echo its aromas and lead to a long and seductive finish.
James Suckling: 95Pts; Jeannie Cho Lee: 93Pts; WS: 93Pts; W&S: 92Pts; WE: 92Pts

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Vina Montes is an icon of Colchagua, producing some of the best-known wines in the region and beyond. Although Montes is associated with the Montes family, the production and Montes winery is actually owned by several associates who today claim over 700 hectares of vineyards. In recent years, Aurelio Montes Snr handed over winemaking duties to his son Aurelio Jnr who now heads up the team in Apalta who makes wines from all over Chile.

Viña Montes is the shared vision of four friends, first dreamed up in the late 1980s, of making Chilean wines to a higher level than the world had ever seen. Now sold in more than 100 countries and noted as pioneers of high-end Chilean wine, Montes has undoubtedly achieved that goal. Perhaps it is the work of the angels that adorn the winery at every turn and, indeed, the wines’ labels – a superior presence that one of the founders felt alongside him, they add to the winery’s decidedly mystical air.

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Weight 1 kg
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Vina Montes




Colchagua Valley

Grape Variety

8% Petit Verdot, 92% Carmenère


Red wine




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Montes ‘Purple Angel’ 2012 (Magnum 1,500ml with Limited Edition Wooden Box)
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