— Head wine­maker Enrique Ti­rado

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rich – the dif­fer­ences in “ex­pres­sion” were as­tound­ing, due to the unique mi­cro-ter­roir of each par­cel, Ti­rado ex­plains.

The soil of the Puente Alto vine­yard has ev­ery­thing to do with the wine’s com­plex­ity – and grow­ing suc­cess. The vine­yard is lo­cated on the Maipo River’s old­est al­lu­vial ter­race fea­tur­ing deep lay­ers of clay and al­lu­vial soil com­po­si­tion that is rich and com­plex, made up of rocky soil, min­er­als, peb­bles and vol­canic earth that emerged from the An­des. Ex­cel­lent drainage in­hibits the growth of the grapes, thus cre­at­ing more com­plex wines. Fur­ther­more, the Mediter­ranean cli­mate, com­bined with hot sum­mers, win­ter rains, chilly breezes from the An­des and large swings in tem­per­a­ture from day to night, helps to ma­ture the grapes and main­tain their acid­ity.

The 2010 vin­tage of Don Mel­chor con­tains 97 per cent Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon and 3 per cent Caber­net Franc that was af­fected by the year’s cooler cli­mate and plump and ripe fruit that cre­ated a more el­e­gant aroma that lingers. It is a wine you can drink it now or keep for an­other 20 to 25 years.

Each year’s har­vest helps the wine­mak­ers learn more and more about the soil. Says Ti­rado: “Though I use tech­nol­ogy as a tool to im­prove on my knowl­edge, per­haps more im­por­tantly, it is by ob­serv­ing and sens­ing what is hap­pen­ing with each plant and each wine that I am able to find the per­fect bal­ance year af­ter year.”

Ti­rado is also the joint wine­maker for Al­ma­viva, an­other la­bel that is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Con­cha y Toro and renowned Bordeaux wine grower Baron Philippe de Roth­schild. As Al­ma­viva is a syn­the­sis of Bordeaux tra­di­tion and New World soil, Don Mel­chor is the bet­ter am­bas­sador for re­veal­ing the com­plete pic­ture of Chile’s ter­roir and spirit of its wines.

Don Mel­chor is aged in French oak bar­rels for 12 to 15 months.

Don Mel­chor 2010 was ranked No. 9 in Wine Spec­ta­tor Top 100 Wines of 2014.

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