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Montes Outer Limits Syrah

Wine: Outer Limits Syrah
Producer: Montes
Country: Chile
Region: Zapallar
Vintage: 2022
Style: Red
Blend: Syrah 100%
Size: 75cl

£24.99

3 in stock

3 in stock

The Wine:

Deep ruby red in colour with violet tones. The fruity nose recalls ripe black and red berries, with notes of black pepper, candied fruit and cherry syrup. The palate is vibrant and well-balanced, with silky tannins and remarkable structure and volume.

The Zapallar vineyards are truly coastal, situated just 7 kilometres away from the Pacific Ocean, an ideal location for the growth and development of varieties such as Syrah. Montes’ 45 hectares are the only vineyards planted in this area, at an altitude of 120 – 150 meters above sea level. The clay-loam, granitic soil provides moderate drainage and gives rise to intense, aromatic wines that are exceptionally balanced with structure, flavour, and ripe tannins. Zapallar is without doubt an “Outer Limits” terroir, with an extreme climate for vine growing which has put Montes’ winemaking abilities to the test.

Further Info:

The winery was founded in 1987 by the visionary quartet Aurelio, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand. Aurelio explains, “Our philosophy was simple – to produce excellent quality wines at a level which didn’t exist in Chile at the time.”

Aurelio Montes is widely credited with pioneering Chile’s quality revolution. His ability to identify potential in previously unknown sites, has led to the creation of appellations which now produce some of Chile’s finest wines. The Colchagua Valley is a perfect example of this. Aurelio first came to the area in his 20s and became fascinated by the then-barren landscape of Apalta, where Montes are based today. Apalta translates to ‘poor soils’, referencing the area’s alluvial soils comprised predominantly of sandy loam and clay, as well as granite on the steep hillsides. Though a difficult environment for traditional agriculture, Aurelio sensed its potential for high-quality grape growing. Starting in these vineyards, he applied a rigorous, quality-focused approach to farming, resulting in low yields and perfectly ripe fruit.

Outer Limits by Montes

The Outer Limits series is defined by exploration and innovation. Aurelio Montes wanted to push Chilean viticulture further in the premium direction by finding sites that hadn’t previously been planted. The 45-hectare Zapallar vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes’ first venture into the ‘outer limits’. It is seven kilometres from the sea, so cool nights and foggy mornings ensure a long growing season, making it ideal for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The Sauvignon Blanc, fermented and aged solely in stainless steel, is pungently aromatic on the nose and dry and steely on the palate. The Pinot is lively yet elegant, with intense fruit flavours thanks to low yields of five tonnes per hectare. The Syrah shows cool-climate qualities of freshness and minerality.

The CGM is from the Apalta estate, where the vines are planted at a density of 12,000 per hectare. The blend, rather than the location, is the ‘outer limit’. Made from Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre, it is a classic Rhône blend with lovely freshness married with a liquorice-scented intensity. The ‘Old Roots’ Cinsault is made from dry-farmed, head-trained vines grown in the Itata Valley, where the first grape varieties were planted in Chile 500 years ago. This wine is wonderfully fragrant and structured and displays bright fruit and acidity.

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