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Villa Montes Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central

Villa Montes

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. Montes own 800 hectares of vineyards in Apalta 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.

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Vineyards

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Colchagua Valley renowned for making excellent red wines. In Colchagua, the moderating breezes from the ocean slows ripening allowing the wines to achieve perfect ripeness. Cool nights help retain acidity giving freshness to the wines. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

2012 in the Colchagua Valley was marked by higher than average temperatures through the entire summer and growing season. This resulted in an overall acceleration of the ripening process, with high natural sugars and low acid levels emerging. For the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, an absence of rainfall during the season saw the development of excellent phenolic ripeness.

Vinification

Grapes were crushed before being transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Fermentation lasted for 12 days and the wine was kept in contact with the skins for 10 days to add colour and structure. After malolactic fermentation, 30% of the final blend was transferred to French oak barrels for eight months to add complexity.

Tasting Notes

Deep, ruby red in colour. On the nose, the wine has blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. The palate is medium bodied, with soft tannins, crisp acidity and a lingering finish. 

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Valle Central
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.73g/l
Residual Sugar 3.59g/l
Wine pH 3.56
Bottle Sizes 37.5cl,  75cl