Montes was established in1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions...
We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past 25 years. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.
The Outer Limits wines were created as a result of the latest challenge that Aurelio Montes set himself. He wanted to push Chilean viticulture further in the premium direction by finding sites that hadn’t previously been planted. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes’ first venture into the ‘outer limits’. It is seven kilometres from the sea, so cool nights and foggy mornings ensure a long growing season. Due to the balance and concentration in the Outer Limits wines, they can be enjoyed now or allowed to age for a few years, rewarding with a wonderfully complex bouquet.
Grapes come from a single vineyard in Zapallar located seven kilometres from the coast in Aconcagua. Montes is the first producer to plant vines and make wines here. This wine is truly unique because it is the only expression of Pinot Noir from this vineyard. Due to the cool climate, similar to other cool coastal regions in Chile, the wines have racy acidity, minerality, elegance and is particularly suited to aromatic varieties. The grapes were all hand harvested at the end of March, later than other areas, due to the cool climate.
The 2012 harvest was preceded by a hot summer and lower than average day/ night temperature variation. This presented growers with a combined problem of water shortages and high temperatures (average rainfall of 280mm across the year and no rain during the harvest period). This accelerated the grape maturation process, concentrating sugar reserves. Despite this, excellent levels of acidity were maintained. This was attributed to quick adaptation in both the vineyard and the winery, permitting plant health and overall fruit quality to be maintained, thus producing wines with mature aromas on the nose and a vivid freshness. Harvest took place in the final week of March through to early April.
The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for five days to extract aroma and colour, especially important for thin-skinned Pinot Noir. After that, the grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then kept on their skins to give structure and colour for another 20 days. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for 10 months.
Pale bright ruby red in colour. Elegant and seductively floral and complex on the nose with aromas of violets, cherries, raspberries, pepper and dried herbs. On the palate the wine is exuberant with bracing acidity, bright fruit, silky tannins and a lingering cherry finish.
100% Pinot Noir
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