Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Apalta and El Arcángel del Marchigüe vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. A bright violet-red colour, it has aromas of strawberries, plums and figs, along with notes of sweet spices including nutmeg and black pepper.

91 Points
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2016 vintage
90 Points
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Harvest Note
The 2019–2020 season saw a very dry winter, just as Chile has had for various years now. The low availability of water explains the very significant drop in production yields (approximately 15–20%) impacting the final quality of the wines. Spring was free of significant frosts in the Colchagua vineyards, so there was excellent growing conditions. Summer had high temperatures that accelerated the ripening processes of the grapes, resulting in an earlier harvest date for the white and red grapes by almost a month, in some cases. The low fruit charge in the vineyards meant that bunches at harvest time had small grapes, positively affecting the concentration of aromas, flavors, and color, in the case of the red grapes, creating very high quality for processing. Both the Apalta and Marchigüe vineyards had timely and organized harvests, defined as always by a tasting of the berries, which allowed winemakers to positively project how the resulting wines will be.
Tasting Note
Notes of strawberry, cherry, black plum and blackberry, followed by toasted notes of sweet spice.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with braised beef with french fries, steak and eggs, paella, connelloni or lasagna.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 3.58 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: 45% of the wine was aged for 8 months in French oak barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Represents the outstanding value Chile can offer for everyday drinking.
  • Grapes are handpicked and transported to the winery with the utmost care.
  • 45% aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.
  • Well-balanced acidity, medium body, and incredibly smooth tannins.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Merlot
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
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