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.

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2021 vintage
Harvest Note
Winter was relatively dry, with rains concentrated in short bursts that totaled 20 inches, something we hadn’t seen for more than ten years. Well-managed water availability allowed winemakers to supply the vineyards with water until the grapes were harvested. Budbreak and fruit set took place at the expected time and in the correct manner, without spring frost, thus assuring bunches of good quality. After finishing veraison, Chile’s Central Zone experienced significant rain. This demanded a great deal of work in the vineyards, to encourage rapid ventilation and drying of the fruit. Winemakers reacted in time, allowing them to harvest healthy grapes of good quality. Generally speaking, the season was fresher than the previous one, resulting in a delayed start to the harvest for all varieties, because, after the rain, the vineyards experienced several weeks of low temperatures and cloudiness. This caused very slow ripening of the grapes, and permitted a greater concentration of color and aromas.
Tasting Note
Very fruity on the nose with notes of ripe cherry, blackberry, black plum and dried fig followed by notes of nutmeg and vanilla.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti bolognese, lamp chops, and mushroom risotto.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 70% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère
PH: 3.58
ACIDITY: 3.55 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 47% of the wine was kept for 8 months in French oak barrels of various uses.
Unique Selling Points
  • Premium wine recognised for being seductive, voluptuous, smooth and satisfying.
  • 47% aged in oak barrels for 10 months.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.
  • Generous palate with rounded tannins. Elegant and juicy with persistence.

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.
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