Montes Folly is an adventurous wine of exceptional quality. Its grapes are grown on the steepest, highest slopes of the vineyards in Apalta, Colchagua Valley. For that reason, they deliver more color, tannins, and flavors, making Montes Folly richly complex and powerful. Grapes are hand-selected and sorted on special selection tables. Montes Folly has been recognized as the best Syrah of Chile.

92 Points
Wine Spectator
2019 vintage
95 Points
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The season began with a mild winter and precipitation close to 12.6 inches in Apalta. Irrigation began later in the season thanks to a cool, rainy spring, which allowed for storage of water for the summer season. Summer in the Colchagua Valley was dry, with the absence of rainfall that might have affected the health of the grapes. It was warm, but not excessively; so no damage to the vines or fruit. Thanks to controlled moisture conditions between fruit set and veraison, the size of the grapes was limited, achieving a very good ratio of skin to pulp. The result was extraordinary color and concentration, rich tannins, and very good aromas. The climate for the harvest of red varieties was extremely favorable; March and April were cooler than expected, pushing back the Syrah harvest date for Folly by two weeks. There was no rainfall, allowing a wait for full phenolic ripeness, without any disease that could have affected the quality of the wine. It was a year without any major climatic events to damage the health and quality of the grapes, showing great potential. Harvest began when the grape flavors were at optimal condition, which is not always easy to judge with Syrah. Picking was completely by hand, ensuring delicate handling of the bunches, and grapes in good condition during their transport to the winery.
Tasting Note
The wine presents an impressive, deep red color, with purple borders. On the nose, the wine shows great potency and complexity of aromas, ranging from ripe red and black fruit to black pepper, nutmeg, candy, and leather; leading to the aromas acquired after 18 months in French oak barrels, including tobacco, toast, vanilla, and liqueur. The palate is equally broad and balanced, with big body and a silky sensation that remains for a long, pleasing finish.
Food Pairing
Highly recommended with red meats, lamb, veal and pork chops.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Syrah
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.49
ACIDITY: 3.65 g/l
ABV: 15.0%
AGING: Aged in 80% new French oak barrels, and 20% second and third-use barrels for 14-18 months
Unique Selling Points
  • First ultra-premium Syrah in Chile, recognized at the best Chilean Syrah
  • Grapes grown in the steepest, highest slopes of Montes vineyards in Apalta, Colchagua
  • Has more color, tannins and flavors, making it richly complex and powerful
  • Grapes are hand-selected and sorted on special selection tables

About the Grape

Syrah has seductively dense, rich, chewy black berry aromas and flavors, with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are firm yet elegant.
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