This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced primarily from Montes' Finca Apalta Estate vineyard with some additions from their Marchigüe Estate vineyard. These two unique vineyards feature granite-rich soils in differing degrees of decomposition. Both have considerable variation in the clay content, depth, and organic matter from the influence of erosion and deposits from local rivers over time. The soils are generally deep in the flat areas and thinner at the foot of the mountains and at higher elevations. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on flat or slightly sloping ground where the soil is deeper and has a moderate capacity for moisture retention.

91 Points
Blue Lifestyle
2016 vintage
91 Points
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2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2015 – 2016 season began with a winter that was drier than the previous year (15% less rain in Marchigüe and 7% less in Apalta). However, higher rainfall during the second half of October enabled an optimal level of water in the soil. The mild spring allowed for optimal bud break, foliage development, and flowering. The summer was particularly dry with a cool start, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. March was cooler, which slowed ripening by 2–3 weeks. A few rainstorms complicated the harvest, but the winery was able to harvest without significant loss of quality. In general terms, the 2016 harvest was a good quality vintage with nearly each variety planted obtaining good ripeness. The tannins ripened nicely, which allowed for an earlier harvest with lower potential alcohol levels coupled with very good acidity, aromatic intensity, and tremendous color.
Tasting Note
Deep, intense violet-red color. Aromas of figs and blackberries, are accompanied by notes of crème de cassis and spicy black pepper above a backdrop of tobacco. The palate is well balanced and has generous volume, rich acidity, and very round tannins that lend structure to a long, elegant finish.
Food Pairing
Highly recommended with red meats, Mongolian beef, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with mushroom sauce.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.56
ACIDITY: 3.58 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 55% of the wine is kept for 12 months in French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.56 g/L
Unique Selling Points
  • Pioneered the way for all premium wines in Chile, remains #1 in the niche
  • Awarded ‘Top Scoring’ and ‘Best Value’ by the influential, Wine Spectator magazine
  • Perfectly round tannins that trigger an explosion of fruit

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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