A juicy, fruit-packed Cabernet with whole berry, cassis characters with a savoury, sotto-bosco note and a touch of menthol on the finish.
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 Marchigue 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.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from the Colchagua Valley, an area renowned for making excellent red wines. In Colchagua, the moderating breezes from the ocean slow ripening, allowing the vines to achieve excellent physiological ripeness. Cool nights help retain acidity giving freshness to the wines.
The hand-harvested grapes were cold soaked at 10°C for five days to extract aroma and colour. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 12 days and then kept on skins to give structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, 45% of the final blend was aged in new French oak barrels for eight months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
On the nose, there are intense aromas of fresh red fruit and sweet spices. There is a hint of fresh tobacco and toast from the time spent in oak. This wine is medium bodied with well-balanced acidity and smooth tannins that linger on the finish.