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.
All the grapes come from Montes‘ own single vineyard ‘La Finca Apalta‘ in Apalta located in Colchagua Valley. Aplata is arguably one of the finest sites for red wine grape growing in Chile. Vines in Apalta are planted on 45° slopes providing good exposure which helps achieve ripeness. As with other regions in Chile, the ocean plays a role even at 60km away, with cool breezes moderating this warm area. In addition, the low night temperatures in Apalta prolongs ripening allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. All grapes were hand harvested.
The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for seven days to extract aroma and colour. After that, the grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 days and then kept on their skins to give structure and colour for 20 days. After malolactic fermentation, 40% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (1/3rd of them new) for twelve months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
The nose is ripe and enticing with brambly wild berry fruit, dried figs and spice. The wine is round and balanced with mouth-watering acidty and fine firm tannins. Drinking beautifully now but will also develop beautifully. The blend of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre is unique to Chile and is pushing ‘limits‘
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
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