Thursday, 27 November 2008

Montgras 'Quatro' 2007

Colchagua Valley, Chile, $125, cork seal
Montgras are a big producer whose wines are readily available in Hong Kong at reasonable prices. Their website is pretty congratulatory of the fact they've realised a wine that is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 25% Syrah and 15% Carmenere; something that is apparently unknown in Chile were they claim single varietals rule.

This comes in a massive, heavy bottle; what is it with South America and big wine bottles? A strange reflection of Latino Machismo perhaps? It's a deep purple colour and when I first opened this there was a meaty gaminess about it, but the fruit soon came to the forefront. It smelt of cherry, plum and plenty of cheeky blueberries, meat and a touch of smoky oak. This is velvety in the mouth and tastes of plums and blackberry, though there's also an earthy element (forest mushrooms?) and pleasant acidity. For a young wine I thought this would be harder and tougher, yet it's surprisingly soft and creamy. It's long and lingering with only a hint of tannins. There is a touch of alcohol heat on the finish, but it's really just pleasant warmth. Montgras Quatro 2007 is pretty delicious, yet strangely I couldn't get excited about it; maybe it's not my style or maybe I wasn't in the mood, but give it a go and tell me what you think.

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