The outstanding quality of Don Melchor, Chile’s icon Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from the Don Melchor Vineyard, one of the country’s most historic and traditional vineyards.SCROLL
Don Melchor comes from the Don Melchor Vineyard in the Alto Maipo Valley at the foot of the Andes Mountains, 650 meters above sea level. The vineyard consists of 127 hectares and is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.1% Cabernet Franc, 1.9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines average more than 30 years of age and corresponds to a pre-phylloxera massal selection of vines from material brought to Chile from Bordeaux in the late 19th century.
One of the vineyard’s most important characteristics is that is sits on the Maipo River’s oldest agricultural alluvial terrace, whose soils are composed of a high content of minerals, clay, gravel, and round stones resulting from erosion caused by the glaciers that advanced from the Andes Mountains into the valley, dragging and depositing material on the terraces that ultimately lend a unique character to Don Melchor.
Chile’s most distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard in the Alto Maipo Valley at the foot of the Andes Mountains, with outstanding conditions for growing red grape varieties. Over the years seven sections, or blocks, have been identified that have particular characteristics that lend specific qualities to the final blend.
Another important factor of this extraordinary terroir is the cold influence of the Andes Mountains, which is expressed as cool breezes and broad differentials between daytime and nighttime temperatures during the ripening period. These conditions encourage the tannins to ripen slowly and evenly while conserving the natural acidity, fresh red fruit characteristics, and exceptional concentration of color and aromas in the bunches.