Don Melchor has launched an independent winery, Viña Don Melchor, which will stand apart from the Viña Concha y Toro portfolio. The announcement coincides with the release of 2017 Don Melchor, the 30th Anniversary vintage from the Chilean wine.
Don Melchor was first created in 1987 by the Guilisasti family of Concha y Toro, and named in honor of their forefather in the Chilean wine industry. It was created from the Puente Alto Vineyard in upper Maipo Valley.
“With the creation of Viña Don Melchor, we have our sights set on producing a single wine that is the unique expression of the Puente Alto terroir and to pay homage to this fantastic place that delivers a wine with personality and incomparable expression,” explains Enrique Tirado, the winemaker of Don Melchor for over 20 years, who will bring his years of experience as the general manager of the new Viña Don Melchor.
2017 Don Melchor – 30th Anniversary Release
In addition to launching as Viña Don Melchor, the brand will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the release of the 2017 vintage.
The label design has been changed to represent the historic Don Melchor Casona manor house. Don Melchor 2017 is 98% cabernet sauvignon and 2% cabernet franc, and spent 15 months in French oak barrels (67% first use and 33% second use).
Cherry red in color, Don Melchor 2017 is aromatic with red berries, the company reports, before a palate of cabernet sauvignon from Puente Alto, with fine and delicate tannins, in addition to density and a long-lasting finish, the company says.
Don Melchor 2017 retails for a suggested price of $120 per 750-ml. bottle, and will be available as of October 2019.