Delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Montes: Zapallar Single Vineyard Outer Limits: highly rated by Jancis Robinson MW: Case of 12 bottles delivered
We all know why £5 bottles of Chilean red have long been popular. They are fruity, spicy and full-bodied. 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. 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, two 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 Jancis Robinson MW—and this vintage has taken top marks of 93/100 and, from Tim Atkin MW, 90/100.
A delicious Sauvignon Blanc, it is perfect with oysters, sea urchins and shellfish in general, salmon, ceviche, carpaccio and goat’s cheese.
Vintage 2019. Case of 12 bottles. RRP £207. CCUK Members £159. Free UK mainland delivery.
Jancis Robinson MW awarded the 2014 vintage 16.5 points, a notable achievement. She writes, ‘Chock full of vegy, mildly asparagusy aromas. Bright as a button with really lively fruit and well-balanced acidity. Dry, appetising finish. No shortage of fruit. But no excess of alcohol.’