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MONTES CHARDONNAY RESERVA 2018
Country: Chile, Aconcagua Coast
Grape: Varieties: Chardonnay 100%.
AWARDS
James Suckling 91/100

Vinification:
Grapes were hand-picked into small, 10-kg boxes then selected before processing, to remove any under ripe or damaged berries. We have two ways of crushing the grapes. For some, we press whole bunches directly, without destemming, and transfer the juice obtained to a static decantation tank. We also destem some, and submit them to a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 9˚C for 2–6 hours, to extract aromatic precursors from the skins. The juice is then drained off to a static decantation tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours before being racked off any heavy sediment. Once the must was clean, we inoculated it with selected yeasts to initiate alcoholic fermentation, which lasted 12–20 days. The duration is directly linked to the activity of the type of yeast used, as well as temperature, strictly controlled at 12˚–14˚C to preserve the aromatic qualities of the wine, which would be lost at higher temperatures. Upon completion of the fermentation process, the wine was immediately sulphured and allowed to settle for a couple of days before being racked into another stainless steel tank. Our Classic Series Chardonnay did not undergo malolactic fermentation, and just 30% of the wine was aged in first-use French oak for 6–8 months.

Vineyards: The vineyards that produce our Classic Chardonnay are located in Colchagua, Curicó and Maule, all of which are in the Central Valley. The different conditions of these locations express their character in this wine, each one bringing its own contribution. All of the vines are VSP-trained (vertical shoot positioned) and drip-irrigated, (yielding no more than 11,500 kg/hectare), which allows us to obtain the desired quality and reach harvest with very healthy and evenly ripened grapes.

Harvest Period: 1st – 28th March: The 2017–2018 season can be described as ideal, in relation to the pace and intensity of plant development, as well as the quality of fruit obtained. It began with a wet winter, with plentiful rainfall across the central zone. The build-up of groundwater allowed optimal vine development at all major phenological stages. A frost-free spring meant good bud break and fruit set. The summer was cool compared to previous years, with an average maximum temperature in the hottest month of 26˚C, and an average minimum of 11˚C, which ensured slow ripening, excellent preservation of natural acidity in the grapes and tremendous aromatic expression. The summer conditions delayed harvest by 7 days compared to previous seasons; this gave us time to conduct several tastings to determine the perfect time to pick the fruit. Rainfall was entirely absent during the ripening period and at harvest-time, so the grapes were picked at the perfect moment, in excellent all-round health.

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow in colour, tinged with gold. The nose is expressive, with pronounced notes of white-fleshed fruit, pineapple, and fresh apricot. Aromas of white flowers add to the aromatic profile, with delicate notes of vanilla, toast and nut in the background. The rich palate is well-balanced with fresh, natural acidity. Medium-bodied with a fruit driven finish, in line with the nose

Food Pairing: Fish, Sea Food, Shellfish, Cheese, Salads
Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0013

BOTTLE

€9,00

CASE PRICE

€108,00
Available Stock: 1.130 items
For orders €100,00 or more we deliver free to your place (within city limits)
The Grape
Chardonnay
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay`s spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvelous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.