`Old Roots` Itata Cinsault

Itata Valley

Outer Limits by Montes

Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and...

Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce 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. The Outer Limits wines were born out of Aurelio Montes' desire to push Chilean viticulture in a new direction. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes' first venture into the 'outer limits'. Due to the balance and concentration in the Outer Limits wines, they can be enjoyed now or allowed to age for a few years, rewarding with a wonderfully complex bouquet.

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The Cinsault vineyards are located in the Bularco sector of the Itata Valley in southern Chile. It was here that Chile's first vines were planted nearly 500 years ago. The soils are of granitic origin with deep red clay and a high quartz content. They also have high water retention and organic matter content. The vines are "head trained" and the vineyard density is 10,000 plants per hectare.

Vintage Information

The 2015-2016 season began with a normal winter in terms of precipitation, followed by a cool spring that enabled optimal budbreak and foliage development. Rainfall in October meant soils had correct levels of moisture to support growth throughout the rest of the season. The summer also began very cool, but the month of February was one of the hottest in recent years. March was colder, which slowed ripening by 2 or 3 weeks, although the weather conditions were favourable up until harvest.


Upon arrival at the winery the fruit was processed in three ways; one third was whole cluster fermented, one third was destemmed and crushed, and the last third was destemmed, crushed, and the stems added into the fermentation. Fermentation took place in open-top fermenters. The wine was then aged in third-use barrels for four months and lightly filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

A lively ruby red colour. The nose shows an ample blend of fresh red fruits and blueberries, hints of caramel, candied apples, sweet spices, floral notes and a subtle touch of tobacco. Smooth on the palate with light tannins, a delicate body and a juicy, fresh finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Cinsault
Region Itata Valley
Winemaker Aurelio Baseden Montes
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 4.88g/l
Residual Sugar 2.37g/l
Wine pH 3.52