Villa Montes, Central Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Villa Montes, Central Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2020
£ 5.95, 37.5 cl
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Bright and vivacious, this aromatic Sauvignon Blanc has classic zesty aromas and a lifted, fresh finish but good weight and a lovely balance.

Tasting notes

Pale lemon in colour, this Sauvignon Blanc is bright and lifted with a good balance of zesty citrus fruit and racy acidity.

Vinyards

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the Curicó Valley. Curicó's Mediterranean climate is a result of the mountainous Coastal Range which shields the valley from the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean. As a result the Sauvignon Blanc from this region tends towards a riper style, although the cool evenings ensure the grapes are able to retain freshness.

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes were cold soaked for 6-12 hours to extract aromas and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for two weeks. The wine was kept in contact with its lees to add roundness on the palate.

Producer

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. Montes own 800 hectares of vineyards in Apalta and Marchigue located in Colchagua Valley as well a single vineyard Zapallar, located in coastal Aconcagua Valley. Their own vineyards cover 75% of their requirements. The other 25% of fruit is produced on vineyards they have planted, cultivated and picked. In other words, they control everything except the ownership of the land. In addition to this control over the vineyard, they also sell in bulk what is not good enough to go into the bottles that carry their label.

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