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Two vintages of Montes Alpha Cabernet: how much of a difference does irrigation make? December 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

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Thought that all Chilean vineyards were irrigated with water from the Andes? Think again…

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Colchagua, Chile (£12.99 D Byrne & Co, Wright Wine Company, Gwin Llyn Wines, Hay Wines, The Old Bridge Wine Shop, Hennings Wine Merchants, Winedirect.co.uk, Toke’s Food & Drink, Aitken Wines, The Fine Wine Company, Cornelius Beer & Wine, New Forest Wines)
Classic Chilean blackcurrant pastilles, some plum in there too, with herby overtones and the slightly dry tannic edge of new oak, reasonable flavours, but there’s just a touch of what the Australians call ‘dead fruit’, where some of the grapes seem to have begun to shrivel on the vine. But still a decent drop. B(+)

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua, Chile (£12.99 D Byrne & Co, Wright Wine Company, Gwin Llyn Wines, Hay Wines, The Old Bridge Wine Shop, Hennings Wine Merchants, Winedirect.co.uk, Toke’s Food & Drink, Aitken Wines, The Fine Wine Company, Cornelius Beer & Wine, New Forest Wines)
Very similar plummy blackcurrant pastilles and the edge of oak, but this feel more fleshy and less baked (as in the baked bits that stick to the side of the dish when your crumble cooks), and there’s also a light savoury/salty character to add further interest. S(-)

 

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