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Zapallar Vineyard Pinot Noir

Surcharges Etc

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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Grapes come from a single vineyard in Zapallar located seven kilometres from the coast in Aconcagua. Montes is the first producer to plant vines and make wines here. This wine is truly unique because it is the only expression of Pinot Noir from this vineyard. Due to the cool climate, similar to other cool coastal regions in Chile, the wines have racy acidity, minerality, elegance and distinct aromatics. The grapes were all hand harvested at the end of March, later than other areas, due to the cool climate.  

Vintage information

2012 saw warmer than average temperatures across the Aconcagua Valley, with high levels of heat in February and March accelerating the ripening process. In some blocks, this meant the development of excessive sugars, resulting in slightly higher than average alcohol levels in the wines. Water stress was an issue and resulted in reduced yields. Despite this, maturation was relatively even, with picking for the Pinot’s commencing during mid-march. The resulting quality of fruit was excellent and devoid of any fungal disease.   


The grapes were cold soaked at 10°c for five 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 20 days. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for 10 months.  

Tasting Notes

Pale bright ruby red in colour. Elegant and seductively floral and complex on the nose with aromas of violets, cherries, raspberries, pepper and dried herbs. On the palate the wine is exuberant with bracing acidity, bright fruit, silky tannins and a lingering cherry finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Surcharges Etc
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Residual Sugar 3.17g/l
Wine pH 3.48