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Montes Limited Selection Leyda Sauvignon Blanc

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Montes Limited Selection

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 Marchigüe located in Colchaugua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, located in coastal Aconcagua Valley. The results are there for you to taste.

The Limited Selection wines are classic examples of matching the variety or blend to an area. The grape growers and winemakers are given carte blanche to take outstanding fruit and come up with some wholly individual wines that are perfect expressions of site.

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Vineyards

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from selected vineyards in the Leyda Valley, a subregion of San Antonio Valley. Vineyards in Leyda are located a mere 7km from the coast and the resultant wines are highly aromatic with racy acidity, minerality and touch of savouriness. All of these characteristics are superb for Sauvignon Blanc. All of the grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013 was notoriously cool across all grape growing regions of Chile, with growers declaring it the coldest vintage of the decade. The Leyda Valley was no exception to this, with extremely wet conditions in January increasing the threat of botrytis and demanding that producers adopted rigorous disease control measures. Unlike other regions, a lack of rain in the weeks leading up to harvest meant that picking for the Sauvignon Blanc was able to commence during the late weeks of March, within a relatively normal time frame. As a result of these cooler conditions, the whites show excellent acidity and freshness, with lower than average alcohol and bright aromatics.

Vinification

Grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for 6-12 hours to extract aromas and then fermented 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 and lively Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit, grapefruit and lime aromas, racy acidity and a sleek finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
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Winemaker Aurelio Montes Basedon
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.73g/l
Residual Sugar 1.94g/l
Wine pH 3.14