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Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère

Colchagua Valley

Montes Limited Selection

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 Apalta and Marchigüe located in Colchaugua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, located in coastal Aconcagua Valley. 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.

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All grapes come from Apalta in Colchagua Valley, arguably one of the finest sites for red wine grape growing in Chile. Vines are planted on 45° slopes providing good exposure which helps in achieving ripeness- especially important for the often difficult Carménère variety. As with other regions in Chile, the ocean plays a role even at 60km away, with cool breezes moderating this warm area. Low night-time temperatures further 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 and minimal rainfall in the months leading up to harvest,  resulting in the development of a good fruit set. Despite an overall quality, water deficits meant that some varieties experienced stress. March was excessively hot, with a total of 14 days reaching temperatures above 30ºC. As a result, 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 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.  

Tasting Notes

The nose has aromas of chocolate, vanilla and black fruits with a wonderfully complex palate, round tannins and a long finish. Delicious now but can be aged.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Carmenère
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.95g/l
Residual Sugar 3.02g/l
Wine pH 3.57