The slopes of Apalta in Colchagua (in the Central Valley) have a half-moon shape, with a unique micro-climate, defined by the mountains and Tinguiririca river. The best slopes in this valley, with a 45° average inclination and over 49° in the upper slopes, are found on our estate where we grow the grapes for our MONTES ALPHA "M”. Having a south-west exposure allows us to have exactly the right level of hours of sunlight (measured in degree days). The ocean breeze (only 80 kms/50 miles away) provides a cooling efect, ideal for slow maduration of the grapes. The warm days but cool winds at night with their lowering temperatures give a micro-climate particularly suited for growing red grape varieties. Add to this, the poor soils with a small organic composition, drip irrigation, and the high density of vines (over 6,667 per hectare) make growing conditions perfect.
Millésima-usa.com Kaiken (a wild Patagonian snow goose) is the Argentine outpost of the Montes winery of Chile, and there is a similarity in wine styles: on both sides of the Andes, they aim for generous fruit and silky tannins. Kaiken Ultra is a composite of several outstanding vineyard sites which impart differing imprints to the finished wine. The 2007 - of which 80% was matured for a year in French oak - is a big wine with plenty of power, yet it is the luscious, mouth-filling fruit which makes this wine so seductive. This is a beautiful, full bodied and seductive Malbec.