Montes Classic Series Malbec originates from the 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.

89 Points
Tasting Panel
2017 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2016 – 2017 season began with a winter that was quite dry in relation to previous seasons. However, we were able to accumulate enough rainwater in our reservoirs to be able to irrigate our vines. During the spring there were 4 consecutive days of frosts in the coldest valleys, although they did not have a signi cant effect on our red varieties. The scant winter rain and the higher-than-usual temperatures resulted in a decrease in fruit set and a subsequent 22% decrease in yields. The summer was very hot, and temperatures approached 104º F in January in some sectors of the valley, which accelerated ripening in some varieties. Night-time temperatures dropped signi cantly in early March, which enabled the grapes to develop more aromas, ripen their tannins, and obtain tremendous color in their skins. Generally, smaller yields meant very good concentration and smaller berries were achieved, which is re ected in wines with excellent quality and expression. The forest res that devastated much of Chile’s central zone and destroyed 2–4% of the vineyards in 2017 merit special mention. Fortunately, Montes Wines was not directly affected by any res or smoke because the closest outbreak was 12.4 miles away.
Tasting Note
The nose is dominated by black berries, aromas of latte coffee and an interesting floral component. The palate is balanced and with a long finish
Food Pairing
Pairs well with red meat, charcuteria, and cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.53
ACIDITY: 3.31 g/l
ABV: 14.3%
AGING: 45% of the wine is kept for 8 months in French oak barrels
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 8 months.
  • Well-balanced on the palate with a long finish.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.

About the Grape

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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