Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. The Montes 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 grapes come from a single vineyard in the Zapallar region of Aconcagua, seven kilometres from the coast. Montes is the first producer to plant vines and make wines here. Due to the cool climate, and proximity to the ocean, the wines have racy acidity, minerality, elegance and distinct aromatics. The grapes are all hand-harvested each year in the middle of April, later than other areas, owing to the cool climate.
Grapes were cold soaked for four hours to extract aromas and flavour and then fermented very slowly in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for 30 days. The wine was kept in contact with its lees for six to eight months to add roundness to the palate.
This wine is light yellow in colour, with intense aromas of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and pineapple mingled with tomato leaf and green chilli. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with vibrant acidity. A subtle saline touch on the finish hints at the coastal origin.