`Folly` Apalta Vineyard Syrah

Colchagua Valley


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

Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing 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.

View producer page


Syrah grapes are sourced from a single parcel on the highest, steepest slopes of Apalta's 'Finca 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. Despite being 60 kilometres from the ocean, its cool breezes moderate 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

Winter saw enough rainfall to replenish water reserves in the soil to last the whole season. There was no spring frost of significance anywhere in the valley, and budbreak was followed by good fruit set. Summer temperatures were particularly warm, with historically high peaks in March and an average that was 1.5ºC higher than that recorded over the past 10 years. Nevertheless, the grapes reached harvest time with no dehydration problems, and with balanced potential alcohol levels, pH and natural acidity. It was a year of beneficially high light levels and temperatures, which allowed the fruit to develop disease free, with very good colour, and an excellent degree of phenolic ripeness.


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 before being blended in tank, gently membrane filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red in colour, this wine is elegant and complex. The aromas are pronounced with blueberries and blackcurrants, and light notes of chocolate and subtle toast. Balanced, with round tannins, tremendous structure, and a long and pleasing finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Colchagua Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Montes Jnr
Alcohol (ABV) 15.5%
Acidity 5.89g/l
Residual Sugar 3.99g/l
Wine pH 3.48