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Montes Pinot Noir

Montes Pinot Noir

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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 25 years. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process. Montes own 800 hectares of vineyards in Apalta and Marchig?e located in Colchaugua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, located in coastal Aconcagua Valley. The results are there for you to taste. The Limited Selection wines are classic examples of matching the variety or blend to an area. The grape growers and winemakers are given carte blanche to take outstanding fruit and come up with some wholly individual wines that are perfect expressions of site.

Vineyards
Grapes come from the Casablanca Valley, Chile's first cool climate region. The vineyards are 25-30km away from the Pacific Ocean and as a result, morning fog and cool breezes extend ripening allowing for the development and retention of delicate aromas and acidity especially important for making fine Pinot Noirs. All grapes were hand harvested.

Vinification
The grapes were cold soaked at 7°C for five days to extract aroma and colour, especially important for thin-skinned Pinot Noir. 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, 40% of the final blend was aged in French oak barrels for six to seven months

Tasting Notes
Fruity nose with sweet notes of strawberries and fresh cherries. Forest floor aromas mingle with floral notes. Well-integrated oak adds elegance and complexity, lightly toasted hazelnut and vanilla notes and very gentle tannins. A vibrant palate with plenty of red fruit, and a balanced, lingering finish

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