Awarded a Platinum Medal, 97 points and Best in Show Status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)
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. We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past three decades. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process. The Outer Limits wines were born out of Aurelio Montes' desire to push Chilean viticulture in a new direction. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes' first venture into the 'outer limits'. Due to the balance and concentration in the Outer Limits wines, they can be enjoyed now or allowed to age for a few years, rewarding with a wonderfully complex bouquet.
The Cinsault vineyards are located in the Bularco sector of the Itata Valley in southern Chile. It was here that Chile's first vines were planted nearly 500 years ago. The soils are of granitic origin with deep red clay and a high quartz content. They also have high water retention and organic matter content. The vines are head trained and the vineyard density is 10,000 plants per hectare.
Upon arrival at the winery the fruit was processed in three ways; one third was whole cluster fermented, one third was destemmed and crushed, and the last third was destemmed, crushed, and the stems added into the fermentation. Fermentation took place in open-top fermenters. The wine was then aged in third-use barrels for four months and lightly filtered prior to bottling.
A lively ruby red colour. The nose shows an ample blend of fresh red fruits and blueberries, hints of caramel, candied apples, sweet spices, floral notes and a subtle touch of tobacco. Smooth on the palate with light tannins, a delicate body and a juicy, fresh finish.