Montes, Casablanca Chardonnay 2017

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    Casablanca Valley

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    Chardonnay 100%

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  • Winemaker:

    Aurelio Montes Jnr

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Montes Casablanca Chardonnay 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is bright golden, yellow in colour. The intense, complex nose offers tropical fruit aromas such as pineapple, banana and ripe mango, while pleasing notes of peaches and pears round out the fruity profile. The coastal climate is very much present in the subtle notes of grapefruit and white asparagus. The French oak also complements the aromatic profile with elegant and well-integrated toasted notes that recall hazelnut and vanilla. Perfectly balanced acidity results in a very fresh wine that also has generous volume.

Production Notes

The grapes were hand picked during the early hours of the morning to ensure they reached the cellar at a cool temperature. The Chardonnay was processed using three different techniques: whole-cluster pressed, destemmed and pressed, and destemmed and cold macerated for a few hours. Fermentation took place in tank for 25 days at temperatures of 13C 14C 35% of the final blend was fermented in barrels with differing degrees of toast. 25% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, to obtain smoother wines with greater aromatic complexity.

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Producer Profile

Today, Chilean wine, and quality wine at that, is everywhere. It’s easy to forget that wasn’t always the case. Back in the late 1980s when Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded their winery, Chile was suffering through the final years of the Pinochet dictatorship and demand for wine in Chile was flagging. Chilean wines were sold mostly in Chile at the time, and were not known to be of particularly high quality. But Montes and Murray, along with partners, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand developed what would become Vina Montes to not only produce quality Chilean wines for consumption at home, but also for the export market. They recognized the potential of granitic soils on the slopes of the Apalta Mountains in western Colchagua Valley and planted the area to French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They rigorously selected quality fruit and aged their wine in new French oak. In 1998 they released their Bordeaux-style red blend, Montes Alpha M. They fearlessly planted Syrah on steep, windy slopes and soon released Montes Folly (the name is a nod to skeptics who thought Syrah was sure to fail). The final icon wine released by Montes was their Purple Angel, a rich and ripe Carmenere. After more than 25 years of winemaking, vineyard plantings stretch across the Colchagua Valley and include estates in Apalta, Curico, and Marchigüe. They have forged relationships with winegrowers in Leyda. Most recently, vineyard sites have grown to include Zapellar, a cool, coastal area 112 miles north of Santiago. Dynamic is the word that comes to mind to describe the efforts at Montes. ( Profile from Pull that Cork)