OENOFOROS Product Details 0011 MONTES Montes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
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Country: Chille, Colchagua Valley.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 15%
James Suckling 90/100

The vineyards are located at our Apalta and El Arcángel de Marchigüe estates in the Colchagua Valley. The two estates both have soils derived from granite at different stages of decomposition, but the vineyards vary in aspect, rooting depth, level of organic matter and geology, which makes two very different and interesting terroirs. Apalta’s soil is characterised by its colluvial and alluvial origins, with varying depths and textures in the higher areas of the estate, and more homogeneity in the lower sectors because of the influence of the nearby Tinguiririca River. The Mediterranean climate gives us summers with cold nights and hot days, which helps slow grape ripening. Marchigüe has moderate slopes and shallower soils, primarily of colluvial origin, with angular stones at shallow depths. The climate is more severe than at Apalta, with stronger winds and solar radiation and lower rainfall because of the proximity of the Coastal Mountain Range.

Harvest Period Cabernet Sauvignon: March 6–April 17: The 2017 winter was judged as excellent in terms of much-needed rainfall, with more than 500 mm falling in the Colchagua Valley, making it one of the rainiest years of the last decade. We were able to accumulate a large quantity of water in the soil and reservoirs, providing for the optimal development of our vines at all phenological stages up to harvest. There were a few isolated spots of frost in the spring, but without significant impact on our red varieties. The temperatures remained cool until the middle of November, which meant a delay of a few weeks to bud break and flowering. The summer had moderate temperatures, with an average high of 28ºC in January. February saw a clear drop in nighttime temperatures, which caused a general slowdown in the ripening of red and white varieties, in some cases of up to 14 days when compared with 2016. There was no rain during the harvest months, and the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested for this wine was in excellent health, with good measurements of ripeness leading to excellent expression during fermentation.

Vinification: The harvest date was determined after tasting the grapes in the field, after which they were picked and deposited into 300-kg bins. At the winery, bunches were selected, then destemmed and transferred to the fermentation tanks. A cold maceration before fermentation extracted aromas and colour from the skins and lasted 2–3 days. Selected yeasts were then added to ensure a reliable fermentation and to maintain the most quality. Fermentation lasted approximately 12 days and took place at 27º–28ºC. After fermentation, the wine was racked and separated from the skins, in order for malolactic fermentation to take place. Finally, 45% of the wine was aged in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes: Ruby-red in colour, with violet at the rim. The nose is generous; red and black fruit aromas are perfectly balanced with smooth notes of spice. Aromas are strawberry, cassis, nutmeg and
cinnamon, with vanilla, and mocha from the wine’s time in French oak, which also lends a sensation of sweetness on the midpalate. In the mouth, it’s balanced, with smooth tannins and rich, fresh acidity that makes the wine juicy. The finish has medium fruit in line with the aromas perceived on
the nose.

Food Pairing: Red Meat, Charcuterie, Cheese
Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0011




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The Grape
The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.