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.

93 Points
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91 Points
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2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The season began with a trouble-free winter and standard temperatures, which brought around 12 inches of precipitation at Apalta. Irrigation started later in the season thanks to a rainy and fresh spring, which allowed us to keep water for the summer period. In the Colchagua Valley, the summer was dry, with no rain that might have compromised the health of the red grapes — and warm, but without damaging extremes. Thanks to controlled water stress between fruit set and veraison, the size of the berries was reduced, achieving a good pulp/skin ratio, extraordinary color, concentrated, rich tannins and very good aromas. For the vintage of reds, there were no rainy spells in March or April, which allowed us to wait for full phenolic maturity without the risk of disease affecting the quality of the wine. The health and quality of the grapes, that gave us clean musts with great potential, was evidence of a year without damaging climatic events. In the Colchagua Valley, maturity was reached without delay. The Malbec ripened slowly, but the expected result was achieved thanks to the valley's own extended, dry season which is ideal for this variety. Having concluded the harvest and had preliminary tastings, we see a very high quality vintage for reds, albeit slightly reduced in volume. Without a doubt, 2019 will give us exceptional wines.
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.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.54
ACIDITY: 6.2 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 45% of the wine was aged for 8 months in first-use French oak.
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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