Montes is a Chilean winery which, with its line of Montes Alpha wines, affirmed Chilean wines as the premium quality class on the international scene, followed by numerous other winemakers in Chile, a Latin American country known as one of the best world wine regions. The main oenologist and co-owner of the winery Aurelio Montes exports 95% of wine production to 110 countries. Some of these wines could be tasted at a presentation at Zagreb’s Boban Restaurant, featured by winery representatives Bryan Steinsapir and journalist Saša Špiranec.
Kaiken is an Argentine winery coming from the Mendoza region. Montes Winery took over the management of Kaiken in 2001 and devoted primarily to wines that were characteristic of Argentina based on Malbec and Torrontes wine sorts. Malbec Ultra from the 2005 harvest won the top 5-star Decanter prize, and in the summer of 2007, it won 91 points of wine magazines Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate Robert Parker. Today, Kaiken is among the most prominent wineries of Argentina, and like Montes, can be found on all important wine markets in the world.
The Terroir series is a line devoted to varieties and positions that best maintain the Argentine wine identity. Torrontes is grown in one of Argentina's most distant vineyards in the Salta region at an altitude of 2000 meters, where it best expresses its attractive aromatic potential and keeps the freshness that this variety is known for. Malbec is grown in Mendoza, but in the final mix comes with a small percentage of Bonard and Petit Verdot varieties. The whole Torrontes Terroir series 2017 and Kaiken Malbec Terroir series 2016 have been enjoyed in Zagreb.
Kaiken Ultra lines of wine come from the Valle de Uco and Vistalba vineyards, which are structured and complex for long periods of time. The wines are mineral, with solid tannins and fruity. Kaiken Malbec Ultra 2016 was also present on our table. The Montes Outer Limits is a line of wines with untypical varieties for Chile. These are vineyards of which some are in extreme conditions, such as the vineyard of Zapallar where Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are grown. This vineyard is very dry and chilled and gives a special Terroir seal.
The Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and the Montes Outer Limits Pinot Noir 2016 were also savoured in Boban. The Montes Alpha Line is a Montes Winery’s signature wine. The leading American wine magazine Wine Spectator has awarded all the wines from the Montes Alpha line to the "Top Scoring" and "Best Value" prizes. Montes Alpha Carmenere is accompanied by the Montes Purple Angel wine dedicated to the most important Chilean Carmen variety. Originally from Bordeaux (where it is virtually no longer present), Chile has become one of the leading varieties for representation.