Montes Limited Selection

Colchagua Valley, colchagua valley Chile

Adding the Montes wines to our portfolio in 2015 was the realisation of a long-held ambition, after many years of admiring what Aurelio Montes was achieving in Chile. Taste the wines and find out why we feel that way. The Sauvignon Blancs are lifted and fresh, their varietal character derived from growing the grapes in the right place and picking them when they are ripe and not, as many in Chile seem to do, by picking them green in order to ensure an herbaceous character which displays what they think is the mark of the variety. The Merlots, Malbecs and Cabernets have lovely colour, intensity and definition, and supple tannins. This is rare in Chile.

So how do they do it? Not surprisingly, in the vineyard. They learned, when they started producing Montes Alpha in 1987, that they needed balanced yields and to harvest when the grapes were ripe. They adapted these practices to all their vineyards and the results are startling. Montes' 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. Having made the selection in the vineyard, they are able to make a further selection in the winery. The results are there for you to taste.

'Purple Angel', 'Folly', Alpha 'M' and 'Taita' are the pinnacle of Montes' premium winemaking. All four are highly sought after, each an example of the very best wine the country can produce.

Montes Limited Selection

These 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 their site. The Sauvignon Blanc, unoaked and pungent yet minerally, is from the Leyda Valley, a fantastic region for this variety owing to its proximity to the sea which moderates the climate. The Pinot Noir, scented and delicate, is from the Casablanca Valley, which is similarly cool. The long growing season gives wonderful tannins and an alluring perfume. The Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère is from a warmer climate, several hours south of Santiago and inland. The warmth ensures ripe grapes and a wonderfully meshed fruit.

 

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