Our 2016 Folly is its usual deep violet-red colour that is characteristic of the syrah from Colchagua. The nose is very intense, with a tremendous assortment of aromas ranging from ripe red and black fruits to a blend of sweet spices, pastry, and subtle notes of leather. The French oak is very well integrated and delivers notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and toast, all in harmony with the sensations on the palate, which is exceptionally well balanced with a potent-yet-elegant structure. The tannins are very nicely rounded and smooth, and the flavours echo the aromatic complexity.
The 2015–2016 season began with a drier winter than the previous year (-15% in Marchigüe and -7% in Apalta). However, the unusual rainfall during the second half of October enabled us to accumulate an optimal level of water in the soil to ensure sufficient availability for our vineyards. The spring was frost free, which allowed for optimal budbreak, foliage development, and flowering.
There was no significant rainfall during the summer, which began cool, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. Temperatures dropped in March, which slowed ripening by approximately 2 weeks. The weather conditions remained favourable until April, and we were able to finish harvesting the Syrah for Folly in the first week of April.
In April, two very significant episodes of rain fell in 5 days. As much as 180 mm fell in the Central Valley, which had a great impact on the wine industry and farming in general. May brought more rain, which further complicated the harvest of the later varieties, but by this time, nearly 100% of our crop was already fermenting in the winery.
Overall, we were able to reach our quality objectives in all varieties. The tannins ripened opportunely, which made it possible to harvest the grapes earlier and obtain good concentration, tremendous colour, and excellent aromatic expression in our Syrahs.
The grapes for Montes Folly grow on the steepest hillsides of our Finca de Apalta, where the vines have adapted best and have found good balance between yields and vegetative expression. The soils are of granitic origin and primarily consist of decomposing rocks from high above in the chain of mountains that crosses the valley, and therefore the soils in this sector are rather thin and poor in organic matter with a good percolation capacity, which enables the roots to explore the entire profile in search of water. We also nd primarily angular stones and a low clay content. This results in plants with low yields and grapes with tremendous concentration and character.
The vines were planted to a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 pl/acre) and are double guyot managed to yield approximately 3.5–4.0 tons/hectare (1.4–1.6 tons/acre). The leaves closest to the bunches are gently removed in early January to provide better ventilation for the grapes and enable them to ripen slowly, evenly, and healthily with good parameters of natural acidity and pH.
100% of this wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% new and 20% second use.
Highly recommended with red meats, lamb, veal, and pork chops.
- Alcohol: 15.5%
- pH: 3.44
- TA: 3.80 g/L
- RS: 2.95 g/L
Incredibly complex with sweet-tobacco, iron, blackberry, black-olive and dried-strawberry aromas. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and a rich finish. Harvested before the rains. Juicy tannins. Very structured and big style, but shows balance. Drink or hold. - James Suckling 96 Points
Very plush, with explosively rich and intense flavors of dark cherry, Christmas pudding and blackberry that are filled with Asian spice notes. Dark chocolate and white pepper accents linger on the luscious finish. Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases made. -KM - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 points