The Don Melchor Vineyard is located on the northern bank of the Maipo River, metres a.s.l at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Its 127 hectares are composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.1% Cabernet Franc, 1.9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. Today, the vines in the old vineyard have an average age of 30 years.
This very elegant wine presents tremendous aromatic expression with a predominance of small red fruit notes. It starts smooth and is friendly on the palate and continues with perfectly balanced flavours and a long finish, where the balance and delicacy of the tannins reappear with great expression of this vintage’s lively fruit.
Red meats, especially lamb and different preparations of game meats, such as roasted or braised with red wine sauce, mushrooms, rosemary, and tomatoes, etc. Also excellent with assorted terrines and pâtés, especially with truffled duck pâté. Other options include dry and aged or creamy cow’s or goat’s milk cheeses.
- 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 3% Cabernet Franc
- 3% Petit Verdot
- 1% Merlot
- Alcohol: 14%
- pH: 3.64
- TA: 3.26 g/L
- ** Only 3 in Stock **
The purity and reserve to this is wonderful with blackcurrants and crushed stone. Some redcurrants, as well. Full body. Polished and refined tannins give this a pleasant, caressing texture. Tight and focused. Elegance with structure. Drinkable now, but better in 2022. - James Suckling 96 Points
Now in its thirtieth vintage, Don Melchor grew out of research by Pablo Morande, the chief winemaker at Concha y Toro when Chile was just beginning to open up to the world. He began separating blocks at the Tocornal Vineyard, on a terrace above the north side of the Maipo River, work that continued under Enrique Tirado, who took on Don Melchor in 1997 and continues to focus on it today. The wine has come from the same 324-acre vineyard since the beginning. This 2016 is among the best vintages I have tasted from those 30 years, a great Maipo cabernet with the lean structure of a marathon runner, dynamic and graceful in its structural intensity and black-currant freshness. The tannins have the clarity of cabernet rooted in river stones-but rather than the coastal gravel washes at Latour, Pichon and Las Cases in the Gironde, it’s a collection of rocks carried down the mountains by the Maipo. That terrace, tucked into the western shadow of the cold Andes, yields a delicate cabernet, even as its underlying richness of tannins builds dimension into a chord of lasting flavor. - Wine & Spirits Magazine 95 Points
Big, rich and filled with luscious raspberry, currant and plum flavors that are pure and focused. Minerally midpalate, with a finish that powers through to notes of dried meat and spice, showing floral hints. Drink now through 2024. 7,635 cases made. -KM - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 Points
Even though it’s still very young and it’s not going to be released for some months, the 2016 Don Melchor shows great elegance and poise. This might be a lighter year for Don Melchor, but it has more finesse, lower alcohol (the label says 14%, when it was traditionally 14.5%) and great balance. This has a velvety texture, with very fine and round tannins and very good freshness. There are some balsamic notes, and the wine feels undeveloped, but it has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle and for a long time. - Robert Parker 94 Points