From the La Finca estate, in the Apalta Valley, the 1999 vintage was Montes first Syrah. This is the scarcest of the Alpha wines. Yields are very low at only 6 tonnes per hectare. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for one year and has only one soft filtering. In the manner of Rhone producers, Aurelio adds a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, also originating from Apalta, and some Viognier, to the final mixture. Of intense ruby red color, it has a great aroma with floral, tobacco and leather notes. Strong and full-bodied on the palate, with soft and mature tannins. A very long, elegant and satisfying aftertaste. A superb Syrah.
Cellaring Recommendations: Can be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 years.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19º C (63º–66º F).
Decanting: Recommended for 30 minutes.
Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops.
The entrepreneurial spirit and belief in the potential of Chilean wine joined a group of professionals to founded Montes winery in the late 80’s. Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand build this project almost from scratch, achieving international recognition thanks to the first production of Montes Alpha, the first Chilean premium wine.
Pioneers in the Apalta Valley, to plant on mountain slopes, to capture the influence of music in the maturation of the wine, Montes winery has known how to combine the technique with its belief in the protective power of the angels, on the Feng Shui principles –integrated into the winery –, and sustainable growth.
Looking for new qualities, Montes winery has replicated the formula beyond borders, landing on Argentina in 2002 with its subsidiary Kaiken. In 2006 arrived in Napa, United States. In Chile, have also bet on coastal areas such as Marchigüe and Zapallar showing, in each adventure, the ability to continue surprising and delighting wine lovers.