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Montes Classic Series Colchagua Merlot

Colchagua Valley

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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The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Colchagua Valley renowned for making excellent red wines. In Colchagua, the moderating breezes from the ocean slows ripening allowing the wines to achieve perfect ripeness. Cool nights help retain acidity giving freshness to the wines. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

2012 saw favourable conditions in the months leading up to harvest, with minimal rainfall in the spring resulting in good flowering and fruit set. Despite an overall fruit quality, water deficits meant that some varieties experienced water stress. March was excessively hot, with a total of 14 days reaching temperatures above 30ºC. As a result of this, harvest was brought forward by three weeks, with picking for the red varieties commencing in late March.


The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for five days to extract aroma and colour. After that, the grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12 days and then kept on their skins to give structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, 45% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (25% new, the rest second fill) for ten months to add complexity and roundness to the wine. 

Tasting Notes

Vibrant ruby red in colour, this plummy Merlot has hints of vanilla and chocolate with velvety tannins, crisp acidity and a fragrant finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 85% Merlot
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.27g/l
Residual Sugar 2.92g/l
Wine pH 3.47