Montes, Outer Limits Zapallar Syrah 2017

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Aconcagua Valley

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Shiraz/Syrah

  • Grape Blend:

    Shiraz/Syrah 100%

  • Vegan:

    Y

  • Winemaker:

    Aurelio Montes Jnr

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Montes Outer Limits Zapallar Syrah 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep ruby red in colour with violet tones. The fruity nose recalls ripe black and red berries with notes of smoke, Serrano ham and coffee. The palate is vibrant and well balanced with very smooth tannins and remarkable structure and volume.

Production Notes

The grapes were hand-picked early in the morning to preserve freshness and fruit purity. They were then hand sorted at the winery before undergoing a temperature-controlled five day cold maceration at 6-8C on the skins to extract colour and aroma. The must was then slowly brought up to 26-28C and inoculated with specially selected yeasts. Fermentation followed taking 10 days to complete. The wine then remained on its skins for a further five days to ensure good colour and tannin extraction. 65% of the wine was then racked off into a concrete egg, which allows continuous contact with the lees. The other 35% was racked off to second-use French oak barrels and aged for 12 months. After ageing, these two portions were blended together and lightly filtered to retain the full character of the wine.

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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)