Montes Classic Series Malbec originates from our Apalta and El Arcángel del Marchigüe vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Deep red with a violet hue, this wine portrays aromas of black and red berries with notes of prunes and crème de cassis. Due to being stored in French oak for 10 months, it also has hints of chocolate, jam and vanilla intertwined with the fruit.

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2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2015 – 2016 season began with a winter that was drier than the previous year (-15% in Marchigüe and -7% in Apalta). However, the unusual rainfall during the second half of October enabled us to accumulate an optimal level of water in the soil to ensure sufficient availability for our vineyards. The spring was frost free, which allowed for optimal budbreak, foliage development, and flowering. There was no significant rainfall during the summer, which began cool, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. Temperatures dropped in March, which slowed ripening by approximately two weeks. The weather conditions remained very favorable until April, which presented two very significant episodes of rain in five days. Up to 180 mm fell in the Central Valley, which had a great impact on the wine industry and farming in general. Fortunately, by that date we had already harvested all of the grapes destined for our Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon and were able to achieve our quality objectives by harvesting at the precise time with somewhat lower potential alcohol levels and very good parameters for acidity, excellent aromatic intensity, very smooth tannins, and tremendous color.
Tasting Note
Lively purplish-ruby red in color. Aromas of fresh strawberries and blackcurrants mix with floral and cherry liqueur notes. The palate is well balanced with rich acidity that turns juicy and makes this easy to drink. Medium body and nearly subtle tannins are present on the long and persistent finish.
Food Pairing
Red meat, Cheese and Charcuterie
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.53
ACIDITY: 3.36 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: 45% of the wine is kept for 8 months in French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.73 g/l
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 1st-use French oak barrels for 10 months.
  • Well-balanced on the palate with a long finish.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.

About the Grape

Malbec
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
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