Don Melchor’s identity is determined by its distinctive place of origin in the Puente Alto terroir. Furthermore, small differences in the vineyard have been identified and transmit specific qualities to the final blend of Don Melchor.
Over the years we have come to realize that each parcel produces wines with different expressions and have been able to group them into seven parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as small parcels of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
The vineyard is divided into seven parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as small parcels of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Each produces different aromas, flavors, textures, and layers of expressions. Each block is managed row by row while observing the needs of each plant to achieve perfect balance with respect to the year’s weather conditions.
The harvest date for each sector is determined by tasting the grapes and conducting specific analyses. The grapes are hand picked between mid-April and early May and carefully transported in small, 10-kg boxes to the winery for vinification.
The grapes from the different vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks. Careful temperature control and gentle daily pumpovers during fermentation combined with an extended post-fermentation maceration ensure precise extraction of color, aromas, and smooth tannins. The new wines are later tasted and selected to make the final blend, which is then aged in French oak barrels
The new vintage of Don Melchor begins with the blending process, when the proportions of the wines from the different blocks of the vineyard are defined. Once the final blend has been made, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels from the Allier, Tronçais, and Nevers forests. Nearly two-thirds of the barrels are new and the remaining third have had one prior use.
The wine is barrel aged for 12 to 14 months and then bottled and allowed to age for another year to develop the complexity and elegance expected of Don Melchor.
Don Melchor’s style, complexity, and elegance derives from the perfect balance between rocky soils in Puente Alto, the cold winds that blow down from the Andes Mountains, the years it has taken for the vines to yield their finest grapes, and the careful work of the Don Melchor team.
The Puente Alto terroir has yielded very high quality since the very first vintage of Don Melchor in 1987, and every vintage has been widely recognized by communications media around the world for its outstanding enological consistency.