Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère 2017


Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère 2017

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Colchagua Valley
Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere

Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - Carmenère is sourced from Montes two estate vineyards in Apalta and Marchigüe. The Finca Apalta Estate vineyard features diverse soils with areas that are influenced by the Tinguiririca River, while other portions are influenced by mudslides and material that has fallen from the mountains above. The soils tend to be deep on the plain and thinner at the foot of the mountain and higher areas. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are planted at the foot of the mountain on moderate slopes with shallow soils and highly variable textures. Carmenère vines are best suited to the flatter areas, where the soils are deeper. Marchigüe is flatter with low hills and moderate slopes. The soils are shallow—in some cases no more than 60 cm deep—with moderate clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère vineyards are located in generally flat areas.

87 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2017 vintage
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harvest note

The 2016 – 2017 season was characterized by a dry winter. Sustainable irrigation was employed throughout the season until harvest. A few isolated cases of frost were recorded during the rather benevolent spring. The overall yields of the red varieties, however, were decreased slightly, primarily due to low floral induction as well as the restricted availability of water. The unusually high temperatures during the summer months of January and February had a tremendous influence on the ripening process and accelerated the accumulation of sugars. The month of March, however, had very cool afternoons. This decreased the influence of the heat earlier in the summer and brought the timing of harvest back in line with yearly averages. The grapes were harvested in excellent health conditions and were picked within optimal ripeness and flavor parameters.

tasting note

An intense purplish-ruby red color with an expressive, perfumed nose featuring aromas of fresh red and black fruits, along with warm notes of red peppers, nutmeg, tobacco, and coffee. The palate is balanced with fresh acidity. The tannins are perfectly rounded and lend structure and volume to the wine's long finish.

food pairing

Highly recommended with stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with Cabernet-mushroom sauce.

technical data

GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 3.19 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 47% of the wine was aged for 10 months in oak barrels.

points of distinction

  • Premium wine recognised for being seductive, voluptuous, smooth and satisfying.
  • 47% aged in oak barrels for 10 months.
  • Generous palate with rounded tannins. Elegant and juicy with persistence.
  • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.
  • about the grape +
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The story of Montes is a testament to what unique vision, grit, determination, and perseverance can achieve.

– Aurelio Montes Jr, Chief Winemaker

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