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 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. It was a modern expression of a classic grape which illustrated that Chile could produce wines that stood shoulder to shoulder with what their competitors around the world were making. Since then, Alpha has gone from being a wine to being the core range in the Montes portfolio. The grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on and individual rather than mechanical and industrial. The result is a range of wines that offer superb value within the premium wine market – whether from Chile or anywhere else.
The Pinot Noir is sourced from Montes‘ own Zapallar Vineyard - a single vineyard in coastal Aconcagua Valley. Montes was the first producer to plant in the cool climate area 7km away from the ocean. Like other coastal areas in Chile, this vineyard is planted with aromatic varieties where the cool climate from Pacific Ocean breezes encourages the development and retention of varietal aromatics and acidity, and is especially suited to the delicately scented Pinot Noir.
The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for five to seven 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 15-20 days. After malolactic fermentation, 40% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.
This Pinot Noir has a lovely bright ruby red colour with aromas of violets, vanilla and red berries. It is medium bodied with velvety tannins, fresh acidity, integrated oak, and a lingering perfumed finish.
100% Pinot Noir
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
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