The Taita vineyards are located at Montes' El Arcángel de Marchigüe estate, at the western end of the Colchagua Valley and 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Like most Chilean soils, those in Marchigüe have granitic origin at various levels of decomposition. Some have high clay content and moderate depth, while others are shallower, with less clay and more silt and rocks. In the blocks dedicated to Taita, glacial influence stands out for its classic angular stones deposited by moving glaciers, as well as stones rounded and smoothed by surface water. The Taita blocks are uniquely dry farmed, developing naturally with fewer bunches of smaller, more concentrated grapes.

Harvest Note
The 2016-17 vintage was characterized by low levels of rainfall in winter, with only a few isolated spots of frost in Spring, making it a rather benign season. In general, yields of red grapes were somewhat diminished because of reduced floral induction the year before and the restricted availability of water. Unusually high temperatures in January and February greatly accelerated ripening compared to the same dates in previous years. Thankfully, March's cooler afternoons reduced the overall hours of heat and improved diurnal temperature ranges, extending the maturing time for tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began two weeks earlier than in 2016. All the grapes were smaller in size and weight, something positive for the concentration of aromas and color. Additionally, the grapes reached harvest in excellent condition, allowing the type of gentle and precise work in the winery that this wine requires.
Tasting Note
Deep ruby-red in the glass, aromas of ripe strawberry, cherry, and cassis dominate the nose. on the palate, rich fruit is complemented by subtle notes of mint, leather and cedar. The texture is opulent with silky tannins, and a full body that lingers with complex aromas.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with red meat, rosemary lamp chops, pork ribs, or cannelloni.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% at the discretion of the winemaker
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.45
ACIDITY: 3.77 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 80% of the wine was aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels. The final blend was then aged in oak foudres for 1 year prior to bottling.
Unique Selling Points
  • Montes' super limited top wine
  • Dry farmed, low-yield, berry selected, and long-aged for excellence
  • From a single block in the Marchigüe Estate

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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