This wine is bright ruby red in colour. Intense aromas of fresh black fruits (blackberries, plums and figs) are complemented by nutmeg and black pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco and toast on the nose. The palate is smooth and well balanced with good levels of natural acidity and soft, round tannins that lend a pleasing sweet sensation to the mid-palate, before a long, fruity finish.
The grapes came mainly from the most coastal part of the Colchagua Valley in Chile. Soil depth is predominantly moderate, with extremely variable amounts of granite, red clay, and little organic matter overall. The Merlot grows no more than 120 metres above sea level, with a north-northwest orientation. The vines are vertically positioned and double Guyot pruned.
2018 Vintage – A rainy winter ensured good accumulation of water reserves which would prove useful through the long dry summer. A frost-free spring allowed for good budbreak and fruit set and the cooler than usual summer ensured fruit was able to ripen slowly, conserving excellent levels of natural acidity.
The grapes were cold soaked at 10°C for five days to extract aroma and colour before being fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks for 12 days, remaining on skins for additional structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, 45% of the final blend was aged in first-use French oak barrels for eight months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. Montes 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 Colchagua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, in the coastal Aconcagua Valley. In this way, they are able to retain full control of everything that is planted, cultivated and picked. The ‘Classic Series’ wines are all sourced from different regions, chosen to produce the best examples of each variety.
Grape Varieties: 85% Merlot , 15% Carmenère
Sustainable, Vegetarian & Vegan.
Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %