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Montes Limited Selection Casablanca Pinot Noir

Casablanca

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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Vineyards

Grapes come from the Casablanca Valley, Chile‘s first cool climate region. The vineyards are 25-30km away from the Pacific Ocean and as a result, morning fog and cool breezes extend ripening allowing for the development and retention of delicate aromas and acidity especially important for making fine Pinot Noirs. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vintage information

Hotter than average summer temperatures in the Casablanca Valley resulted in early fruit ripening and harvest for 2012. While the lack of rain during the growing season lead to excellent phenolic ripeness in the red varieties, water stress was problematic and saw a significant reduction in overall yields (20% for white varieties and 10% for the reds.) Picking began in early for March for the whites and mid-March for the Pinot Noir. Despite the warm conditions, all fruit was in excellent health and the whites retained good acidity levels. Virtually no fungal diseases were reported.

Vinification

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 15-20 days. After malolactic fermentation, 40% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels for eight months.  

Tasting Notes

This delicately scented Pinot Noir is a lively pale ruby red colour with strawberry and cake spice flavours, silky tannins and mouth-watering acidity. The finish is violet scented and long.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Casablanca
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.04g/l
Residual Sugar 2.26g/l
Wine pH 3.41