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Outer Limits by Montes Apalta Vineyard CGM

Colchagua Valley

Outer Limits by Montes

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.
The Outer Limits wines were born out of Aurelio Montes‘ desire to push Chilean viticulture in a new direction. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes’ first venture into the ‘outer limits’. 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.

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All the grapes come from Montes‘ own single vineyard ‘La Finca Apalta‘ in Apalta, 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. Even at 60km away, the ocean holds influence, with cool breezes moderating this warm area. In addition, low night-time temperatures prolongs ripening allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

2012 saw favourable conditions in the months leading up to harvest, with minimal rainfall in the spring, resulting in good flowering and fruit set. Despite an overall fruit quality, water deficits meant that some varieties experienced water stress. March was excessively hot, with a total of 14 days reaching temperatures above 30ºC. As a result of this, harvest was brought forward by three weeks, with picking for the red varieties commencing in late March.


The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for seven days to extract aroma and colour. Fermentation occurred in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 10 days following which the juice was kept on its skins for a further 20 days. After malolactic fermentation, 40% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (a 1/3rd new) for twelve months to add complexity and roundness.

Tasting Notes

The nose is ripe and enticing with brambly wild berry fruit, dried figs and spice. The wine is round and balanced with mouth-watering acidity and fine firm tannins. To drink now or age. The blend of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre is unique to Chile and is pushing ‘limits.‘

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 50% Carignano/Carignan
30% Grenache/Garnacha
20% Mourvedre
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 3.54g/l
Residual Sugar 5.31g/l
Wine pH 3.5