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.
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 brisk acidity. All grapes were hand harvested.
The grapes were put into tank and cold soaked for four hours at 10°c to enhance the varietal aromatics. The grapes were then gently crushed and the juice settled for 24 to 30 hours. Clear juice was fermented in French oak barrels of which 1/3 new were new. 30% of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation to give richness to the wine and 40% of the blend was aged in French oak barrels for 8 to 10 months, a third new and the rest second and third fill barrels.
This rich yet ripe fruited Chardonnay has aromas of vanilla, melon and apricots with balanced acidity and a lingering finish.
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
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