`Folly` Syrah Apalta Vineyard

Colchagua Valley


Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and...

Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions. We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past three decades. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.

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Syrah grapes are sourced from a single parcel on the highest, steepest slopes of the'Finca Apalta' in Apalta, arguably one of the finest sites for red wine grape growing in Chile. Vines are planted on 45° slopes providing good exposure to aid ripening. Even at 60km away, the ocean holds influence, with its cool breezes moderating this warm area. Low night-time temperatures further prolong ripening, allowing for the slow development and retention of varietal aromas and acidity. Yields are very small at 3.5-4 tonnes per hectare.

Vintage Information

The 2012–2013 season was cooler than normal in all of Chile’s wine regions, which delayed the onset of budbreak and flowering. A cold January not only delayed veraison, but extended its duration. Daytime temperatures were cooler during the ripening period, although February presented days with high temperature peaks that put the grapes at a level of ripeness that was very similar to that of 2012. The wines of the 2013 vintage are fresh and have tremendous concentration due to the slow ripening. Harvest took place for a month from the 24th of April.


Grapes underwent a meticulous dual sorting process in the winery, once by machine using camera 'eyes' to reject less than perfect grapes, and once by hand. Only perfect berries made the final cut for this wine. Fruit underwent cold soaking for five days at 10°C to extract aroma and colour, before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12-15 days. Following this, the wine spent 15-20 days on skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months. The wine is then removed from barrels and blended in tank. It is gently membrane filtered prior to bottling, then rested in bottle for at least two months prior to shipping.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple ruby red in colour. Elegant and complex, with intense ripe red and blue berries on the nose, giving way to a seductive pastry note. Coffee, chocolate, and well-integrated toast complement the fruit aromas. The creamy palate has hints of nutmeg. Balanced, with round tannins, tremendous structure, and a very long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Baseden
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 5.47g/l
Residual Sugar 2.81g/l
Wine pH 3.49