Meticulous research, careful study and the painstaking dedication of winemakers have seen these 127 hectares divided into seven parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller parcels of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Each of these is then precisely subdivided into micro-parcels, so that every detail and characteristic can be managed, with winegrowers responding to the needs of each area, each row, each vine.
When the factors that affect the vines, from soil composition and root growth to nutrients, water retention and temperature change, are perfectly managed they ultimately influence the unique expressions of each wine.
Puente Alto is a privileged terroir, determined by the singular combination of soil, climate conditions, the vineyard, and a delicate human touch to craft vintages that are a faithful expression of this special place. Located at the foot of the Andes, 650 metres above sea level, the Don Melchor winery is set on the north bank of the Maipo River and has long been a keystone in the history of Chilean wine. Ever since French pre-phylloxera vines were imported in the mid-19th Century, this part of the Maipo Valley has been growing in prestige and quality, building on a past rich in tradition.
The vineyard today consists of 127 hectares, carefully divided into seven parcels, of which roughly 90 per cent hold Cabernet Sauvignon vines, with 7.1 per cent Cabernet Franc, 1.9 per cent Merlot and the final one 1 per cent growing Petit Verdot grapes. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines average more than 30 years of age and correspond to a selection originally brought over from Bordeaux at the end of the 19th Century.
This parcel is characterised by its presentation of intense, vivid and complex red fruit aromas. Its attack is sweet, with soft tannins, a silky texture and a long and elegant finish.
Vintages from this parcel present aromas of black fruit, tobacco, chocolate, spices and occasionally menthol notes. The high tannins bring a full-bodied texture in the mouth.
With an intense fruity character and notes of black and red fruits, wines from this parcel are dense in the mouth, with the contribution of firm tannins that give great structure.
Characterized by elegance and complexity, this parcel offers vintages with subtle but powerful notes of red fruit. There’s a good balance between acidity and tannins, as well as an extraordinary depth and density in the mouth.
The expression of this parcel is fruity, with notes of spices and graphite. The attack is smooth and evolves into a fresh and balanced aroma, with a mesh of delicate tannins that integrate seamlessly.
With a good fruit expression, intense and complex, wines from this parcel begin with volume and density, providing great structure and persistence on the palate.
This parcel impresses with its aromas of wild fruit and berries, as well as floral and spice notes. With fine and delicate tannins, there is great complexity and roundness in the final result.