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Zapallar Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Valle Centrale

Awards

  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2014
  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

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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Vineyards

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 Sauvignon Blanc 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

Vintage 2013 was notoriously cool across all grape growing regions of Chile, with growers declaring it the coldest vintage of the decade. Although conditions in the Aconcagua Valley were consistent with this trend by being notably cooler, the region was largely sheltered from the harsh rains and storms affecting the rest of the country. This meant that while grape maturity was certainly slower than average, the fruit was less susceptible to fungal diseases. The results of the cooler conditions are higher levels of acidity and whites with slightly lower alcohol levels. The wines show bright fruit with lifted aromatics and have excellent freshness.  

Vinification

Grapes were cold soaked for 12 hours to extract aromas and then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for two weeks. The wine was kept in contact with its lees to give it some roundness on the palate.

Tasting Notes

An intense and lively pungent Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of capsicum, lime, grapefruit and hints of asparagus. The palate is wonderfully textured and minerally with bracing acidity and excellent concentration.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Valle Centrale
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 2.47g/l
Wine pH 3.22