Specialized magazine Wine & Spirits distinguished Don Melchor’s 2018 vintage, listing it in its June report with 96 points.
In addition to referring to its terroir and the winery, the publication explained Enrique Tirado’s vision, chief winemaker, and Viña Don Melchor’s general manager regarding this vintage that has been classified as perfect.
“Enrique Tirado, who began making Don Melchor in 1997, considers the 2018 season one of the most vine-friendly he has worked, with plenty of rain in winter, optimal weather during flowering, no summer heat highs, and cool nights during harvest,” the report detailed.
In addition, a tasting note was published that addressed its aromas, texture, and cellaring potential: “…The purity of that fruit is completely Andean (…) precisely tuned in both the flavor and texture of its tannins. The wine has a quiet, gracious power, reflecting its Chilean character (…there’s nothing either bold or austere about it; this is a wine of a place, without Cabernet preconceptions). Its black currant and tart red cherry flavors have the crunch of walking through Andean snow, even as the sunniness of the fruit is cool, not at all cold, leaving a gracious impression. Great Andean cabernet has the capacity to age and develop for decades. If you’ve never invested in Chilean wine, this is the place to start”.