Montes Classic Series Merlot comes from vines planted on a variety of slopes at our Apalta and El Arcángel de Marchigüe vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Bright ruby-red with a violet rim, this wine expresses aromas of fresh black fruits with mild notes of toast and chocolate over a spicy backdrop of white pepper.

91 Points
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2018 vintage
90 Points
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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 shows intense, with aromas of red fruits and fresh blacks, such as strawberries, plums and figs. The palate is soft attack, very harmonious. Its tannins are round and soft, and yield pleasant sweet sensations to the palate.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with pasta.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Merlot, 15% Carmenere
APPELLATION: Colchagua Valley
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 3.5 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 45% of the wine is kept for 8 months in French oak barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.57 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 French oak barrels for 8 months.
  • Smooth on the palate, soft, round tannins. Medium volume, rich natural acidity.
  • Vineyards located in Apalta and Marchigüe, Colchagua Valley.

About the Grape

Merlot
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
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