92 Points - The Wine Advocate
“If you feel like a big, ripe and well-oaked red, the 2014 Purple Angel is for you. It's super-premium Carménère with 8% Petit Verdot. Very dark, opaque, brooding and dense, it boasts plenty of balsamic and smoky aromas and a powerful palate with fine-grained, abundant tannins. There are tons of black fruits and spices from the 18 months in spent in brand new French oak barrels.” - Luis Guitiérrez
Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
In 1987 two experienced wine partners, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, came together to alter the course of wine in Chile. Alfredo Viadurre and Pedro Grand joined the team in 1988 and they soon became pioneers on the Chilean wine scene. Now the largest exporter of Chilean wines, they are considered the ‘benchmark’ for all new wineries in the region.
Aurelio Montes has always been of the mindset that 80% of good wine comes from the vineyard and only 20% from the cellar and as such vineyard care is meticulous at Montes. Apalta, the terroir in the Colchagua Valley where Montes is located, is unique allowing the vines mild exposure to the sun, which contributes to a slow, although more complete, maturation of the grapes. In the same valley, the Marchigüe vineyards are where the red grapes mature slowly under the influence of colder temperatures.
High on the mountain slopes, Montes planted Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and was also the first to plant Syrah. But the real star was Carménère, the long lost grape variety that resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Montes continuously strives for quality and finally in 2005 they launched their first Premium Carménère, Purple Angel.
Purple Angel has been recognised as one of the best Carménères of Chile, with critics of all over the world naming it a ‘wine from another planet’.
“This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carménère” Montes