Smoky, full-bodied and very savoury, this modern Malbec is approachable but has perceptible elegance and finesse.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
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 Malbec grapes come from the Colchagua Valley, which is renowned for making excellent red wines. In Colchagua, the moderating breezes from the ocean slows ripening allowing the wines to achieve perfect 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, prior to fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 12 days, with post fermentation skin contact to give structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, 45% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (45% new, the rest second fill) for eight months to add complexity and roundness to the wine.
This wine is deep ruby red in colour with purple hints. On the nose, there are intense aromas of ripe red and black fruits, accompanied by an elegant floral note. On the palate hints of ripe cherries in syrup combine with nutmeg, mocha and sweet vanilla spice from the French oak. This medium-bodied wine has rounded tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish.