Montes Classic Merlot
Deep and lively ruby red colour. Intensely aromatic and fruity, with raspberry and cassis alongside notes of coffee and tobacco. The mouthfeel is voluptuous and fresh with juicy fruit flavours and a vibrant acidity.
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. The Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. Since then, Alpha has developed to become the core range in the Montes portfolio. The grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on rather than mechanical or industrial.
The grapes came mainly from the most coastal part of the Colchagua Valley. 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.
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.