Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions. Their grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on and individual rather than mechanical and industrial. The result is a range of wines that offer superb value within the premium wine market.
The Pinot Noir vineyards are planted on gently rolling hills. The vines only require minimal work with the canopy, which enables the growers to obtain healthy grapes with good balance at harvest time. The proximity of the vineyards to the Pacific coast endow the wine with tremendous freshness and minerality. The granitic soils of the Coastal Mountains have varying percentages of clay, which contributes elegance and creaminess to the wine.
The 2014-2015 harvest (from November to February) was a very cool vintage well below historic averages. Only in March did temperatures approach annual averages. Due to the cold, ripening occurred slowly yielding very expressive wines. Red varieties were marked by slow ripening until late March, especially with regards to sugar content. Then, halfway through April ripening suddenly accelerated, which allowed fruit to reach full maturity at a good point in the season avoiding disease threats.
The grapes for this wine were cold soaked for five to seven days to extract aroma and colour. After that, the grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then kept on their skins to give structure and colour for another 15-20 days. After malolactic fermentation, the final blend was aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 10-12 months.
Bright ruby red colour. The nose presents aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries, white pepper and a touch of violets. Medium-bodied, the palate has silky, smooth tannins, fresh and vibrant acidity, and shows well-integrated French oak. The long and perfumed finish is smooth and elegant.