Montes Folly Syrah 2014  £46.95

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Montes Folly Syrah

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.

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.

The 2013 – 2014 season will be remembered for the recurring frosts that started in the second half of September and affected much of the country, especially the coast and in the Central Valley. The winter was very cold and very dry as well, some areas seeing nearly 30% less rainfall than normal. Initial fruit set was later than usual due to the cold spring conditions, while a very hot summer accelerated ripening. The yields were naturally lower than average, which helped keep the fruit healthy and resulted in good concentration of colour and phenolic maturity.

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 its skins to enhance structure and colour. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 24 months. The wine was then removed from the barrels and blended in tank. It was gently membrane filtered prior to bottling, then rested in bottle for at least two months prior to shipping.

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.


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