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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Montes Classic Merlot 'Special Cuvee' 2009

Grape Variety: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

The climate in Colchagua valley where the fruit for this wine is sourced is a little cooler than that of its northerly cousin Maipo, but still maintains a consistently Mediterranean climate, ideal for ripening these vines.
As with previous vintages a balanced blend of predominantly Merlot and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has gone through oak ageing of six months in French oak barrels. Aromas of raspberries and hints of blackberries combine very well with the typical spiciness of the variety. In the glass the wine has elegant characters, refined and a marked fruitiness almost irresistible to Merlot enthusiasts for its soft texture. The fruit on the palate is ripe and sweet, with a hint of spicy black pepper and subtle chocolate notes, a wine full of harmony and velvety smooth on the finish.
Aurelio decided to blend 15% Cabernet Sauvignon with this Merlot fruit, to help marry with the oak, and give structure and mouth feel that will also support ageing in the bottle. This is a wine with a good balance of tannins and acidity, producing a friendly, soft wine with a long and pleasant finish. Decant for 15-20mins and serve at 16-17C.

Drinking well this winter season; and will age for another 4-5 years.

Perfect wine match with lamb, pork, light pasta dishes, tapas, and mature cheeses, enjoy.

Another honest, early drinking style from Montes.


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