Montes Classic Series Merlot comes from vines planted on a variety of slopes at 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.

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2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2018 season began with a winter with mild temperatures and rainfall close to 320 mm in Apalta and no more than 150 mm in Marchigue. Irrigation began later in the season thanks to a cool, rainy spring, which allowed us to reserve water for the summer period. In the Colchagua Valley, the summer was dry, without rains that could harm the health of the grapes, and warm but not excessively warm that could damage the vines or grapes. Thanks to conditions of controlled hydric stress between fruit set and pint, the size of the berries was limited, achieving a good skin-to-pulp ratio, which allowed to obtain an extraordinary color, concentration, rich tannins and very good aromas. For the red harvest, the weather was tremendously favorable, although we expected early harvests, the months of March and April were cool, which brought the phenological stages to perfection, allowing a harvest without problems, in addition, there were no rain events which It allowed waiting for full phenolic maturity without the presence of diseases that affect the quality of the wine. In short, it was not a year with damaging weather events, so the health and quality of the grapes gave us clean musts with great potential. In the Colchagua Valley, maturity was reached without delay.
Tasting Note
Montes Classic Series Merlot comes from vines planted on a variety of slopes at 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.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with pasta.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Merlot, 15% Carmenere
APPELLATION: D.O. Valle de Colchagua
PH: 3.56
ACIDITY: 3.38 g/L
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 45% of the wine is kept for 8 months 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 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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