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Montes Classic Series Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc

Casablanca

Montes Classic Series

Montes was established in 1988 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. Montes own 800 hectares of vineyards in Apalta and Marchigue located in Colchaugua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, in the coastal Aconcagua Valley. By this, they are able to retain full control of everything that is planted, cultivated and picked. The results are there for you to taste.

The fact that the ‘Classic Series’ is Montes’ entry point says a lot about this estate. The wines are all from different regions that make the best example of the specific variety.

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Vineyards

Grapes come from the Casablanca Valley, Chile‘s first cool climate region. The vineyards are 25-30km away from the Pacific Ocean and as a result, morning fog and cool breezes extend ripening allowing for the development and retention of delicate aromas and acidity, especially important for making aromatic Sauvignon Blancs. All grapes are hand harvested.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013 in the Casablanca region presented growers with highly irregular weather conditions resulting in logistical challenges across the harvest. Abnormally cool temperatures during flowering and verasian meant that fruit maturation was staggered, pushing picking back by almost a month and creating considerable overlap in the times at which varieties ripened. Further challenges were presented through heavy December rains which resulted in the onset of botrytis in susceptible varieties like Sauvignon Blanc. Despite these conditions, the cooler weather saw the production of fresh whites with excellent acidities, lower than average alcohol levels and lifted aromatics.

Vinification

Grapes were cold soaked for 6-12 hours to extract aromas and then fermented at 10°c in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for two weeks. The wine was kept in contact with its lees to add roundness on the palate.

Tasting Notes

Intense aromatics of herbs and cut grass on the nose, with grapefruit, lime and white peach on the palate. This medium bodied white has racy acidity and a clean finish. Drink on its own or pair with light dishes.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Casablanca
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 2.18g/l
Wine pH 3.12