Old Roots Cinsault

Itata Valley

Outer Limits by Montes

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. The Outer Limits wines were born out of Aurelio Montes' desire to push Chilean viticulture in a new direction. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes' first venture into the 'outer limits'. Due to the balance and concentration in the Outer Limits wines, they can be enjoyed now or allowed to age for a few years, rewarding with a wonderfully complex bouquet.

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Vineyards

The Cinsault vineyards are located in the Bularco sector of the Itata Valley in southern Chile. It was here that the first vines were planted nearly 500 years ago. The soils are of granitic origin and present deep red clay and a high quartz content. They also have a high water retention and organic matter content. The vines are "head trained" and the vineyard density is 10,000 plants per hectare. The Mourvèdre vineyards are located in Apalta, in the Colchagua Valley and are planted on steep hillsides with a 45º slope. The soils are very poor, of granitic origin and have a high presence of rocks. The vines are planted using the L' echalas (Pole) system, which allow a high density of 15,000 plants per hectare.

Vintage Information

The 2015-2016 season began with a normal winter in terms of precipitation, followed by a cool spring that enabled optimal budbreak and foliage development. Rainfall in October meant soils had correct level of moisture to support growth throughout the rest of the season. The summer also began very cool, but the month of February was one of the hottest in recent years. March was colder, which slowed ripening by 2 or 3 weeks, although the weather conditions were favourable up until harvest.

Vinification

Upon arrival the fruit was crushed and pressed before fermentation took place in open-top fermenters. The wine was then aged in third-use barrels for four months and lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

A lively ruby red colour. The nose shows an ample blend of fresh red and blue berries, hints of caramel, candied apples, sweet spices, floral notes and a subtle touch of tobacco. Smooth on the palate with light tannins, a delicate body and a juicy, fresh finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Cinsault
Region Itata Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Baseden Montes
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 4.88g/l
Residual Sugar 2.37g/l
Wine pH 3.52