Top-notch Sauvignon Blanc from Montes: Zapallar Single Vineyard Outer Limits 2023: delicious and highly rated wine from a legendary winemaker: 12 bottles delivered

Original price was: £257.00.Current price is: £179.00.

94/100 – Patricio Tapia, Descorchados

We all know why £5 bottles of Chilean wine have long been popular. But if we spend a little more what can we get? The answer is: wines that are stupendous, at half the price we would pay if they were French—or in the case of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand.

One Chilean producer who stands out in the top league is Aurelia Montes, a now legendary winemaker who founded Montes in 1988 with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile. He succeeded, and our Tasting Panel has selected a trio of his excellent wines for the Club Cellar, including this Saucignon Blanc from a ground-breaking Montes estate—the Zapallar Vineyard, known as ‘Outer Limits’ because it was born from Aurelia Montes’ desire to push winemaking beyond the usual Chilean frontiers.

Zapallar Vineyard is just 7km from the coast, and the Sauvignon Blanc which it produces rivals the top New Zealands. It has earned accolades over the years from leading wine connoisseurs including Jancis Robinson MW, Tim Atkin MW and Alistair Cooper MW—and this vintage has taken top marks of 94/100 from Patricio Tapia of Descorchados. It is excellent!

Straw-yellow colour, and very bright. The aromas vary widely, with great expression and elegance. There are notes of boxwood, fresh green chilli, and tomato leaves. There are citrus aromas of fresh grapefruit, as well as tropical passion fruit and exotic white guava. The aromas are repeated on the palate, accompanied by a sensation of fresh crunchiness and elegant body. The wine remains on the palate for a long time, leaving subtle flavours.

A delicious Sauvignon Blanc, a subtle saline touch on the finish hints at the coastal origin and it is perfect with oysters, shellfish in general, salmon sushi and ceviche, green salad, asparagus and goat cheese.

Vintage 2023. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Unoaked. Case of six bottles.

RRP £257. CCUK Members £179 including UK mainland delivery.

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