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 Aplata and Marchigue located in Colchaugua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, located in coastal Aconcagua Valley. Their own vineyards cover 75% of their requirements. The other 25% of fruit is produced on vineyards they have planted, cultivated and picked. In other words, they control everything except the ownership of the land. In addition to this control over the vineyard, they also sell in bulk what is not good enough to go into the bottles that carry their label. 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.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère grapes come from Apalta in Colchagua Valley, 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 achieving ripeness, especially important for the often difficult Carménère grape variety. 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 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, 48% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels for ten months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
The nose has aromas of chocolate, vanilla and black fruits with a wonderfully complex palate, round tannins and a long finish. This red is delicious now or can be kept for a few years.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Winemaker||Aurelio Montes Baseden|
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.