Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto

Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto

A wine made from the grapes of the Puente Alto vineyard in the Puente Alto region of the Maipo Valley; sandwiched between the most south-easterly building of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, and the foothills of the Andes. This stony vineyard, situated on the oldest terraces of the River Maipo’s north bank, was first planted in 1890 with a selection of pre-phylloxera vines brought from Bordeaux in the late 19th century; the vines growing in the vineyard today are a massal selection of those original vines and are on average about 30 years old. Since 1984, this has been an iconic spot for growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Chile; even though it is many thousands of miles from the gravelly soils of the left bank of the Gironde, it is easy to understand why comparisons are made. The climate in the vineyard is semi-arid and Mediterranean, benefitting from the cooling influence of the Andes. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, the wine contains a pinch (1% in 2011) of Cabernet Franc in the blend. Ruby-red, the aromas are elegant and complex with notes of blackcurrant, cassis, chocolate and spice; the palate is rich and intense with integrated tannins and layers of fruit driven by fresh acidity on the finish.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: Chile
  • Region: Maipo Valley
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Producer: Don Melchor
  • Primary grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £57.38
  • Code: 32015
  • Expression: Barrel