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Montes Wines

Parcela 15 - Millahue de Apalta Santa Cruz CHILE

Phone: +56 222 484 805
Website: www.monteswines.com

MONTES FOLLY SYRAH 2012

Aurelio Montes’ intuition led him to plant Syrah on the steepest hillsides of our mountainous Apalta property—and that is how the name, Folly, came about. The more traditional winemakers and marketers thought it was sheer madness. Syrah had never been planted in the region, and it was doubly mad to plant it on such steep hillsides where it was so expensive to clear the land, plant the vines, and tend the grapes. But Aurelio’s genius led us to firmly believe, right from the beginning, that Montes Folly would be the spectacular wine we all dreamed of—the perfect companion for our much-loved Montes Alpha M.
The grapes for Montes Folly grow on the steepest hillsides of our Finca de Apalta, where the vines have best adapted. There they reach a good balance between vegetative expression and crop load, resulting in low yields with highly concentrated grapes. This year’s grapes were leisurely picked between March 27 and April 23.
The 2011–2012 season presented very scant rain due to the “La Niña” phenomenon. The spring was very cold but frost-free, which was perfect for optimal foliage growth, flowering, fruit set, and cluster definition. The summer was dry and clear, without the cold and cloudy days of the previous season.
Veraison began in mid-January, which was a bit earlier than in the previous season, basically due to the predominance of warm and clear summer days. There was no precipitation during the rest of the season, although there were spikes in temperature with highs in February and March that accelerated the ripening process somewhat.
Montes Folly is a deep purplish ruby red in color. Aromatically it is very complex and potent without losing elegance. Ripe red and blue berries predominate on the nose with a seductive pastry note. 18 months in new French oak barrels lend interesting notes of coffee, chocolate, and very well-integrated toast that allows the fruit to be perceived in a colossal way. The palate reaffirms the aromatic sensations with light notes of dairy and nutmeg. Well balanced with very round tannins, tremendous structure, and a very long finish.
Montes Folly has consistently been recognized as one of Chile’s finest Syrahs.

SUGGESTIONS
Cellaring Recommendations: Montes Folly may be enjoyed today or cellared for up to 20 years under optimal conditions.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 18º C (64º F).
Decanting: Highly recommended for at least one hour.
Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, lamb, veal, and pork chops.

General properties

Denomination of Origin: Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley.

Filtering: Unfiltered

Vineyard Yield: Approximately 3 tons per hectare (1.5 ton/acre).

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah.

Oak Aging: 18 months in new French oak barrels.

Detailed specifications

Alcohol: 15.8º

Total Acidity (H2SO4): 3.80 g/lt.

Residual Sugar: 3.38 g/lt.

pH: 3.52

Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2): 0.63 g/lt.

Free SO2: 0.030 g/lt.

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