The grapes for Montes Folly grow on the steepest hillsides of our Finca de Apalta estate, where the Syrahhas adapted best and found equilibrium between fruit yield and vegetative growth. The soils are of granite origin and consist primarily of eroded rock from the mountain chain above; they are rather thin and poor in organic matter, with good drainage that encourages the roots to explore the entire profile, in search of water. We also find a high proportion of angular stones and a low clay content. This all results in plants producing low yields of grapes with tremendous concentration and character.
The vines were planted at a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 plants/acre) and are double Guyot trained to yield approximately 3.5–4.0 tons per hectare (1.4–1.6 tons per acre). Leaves closest to the bunches are carefully removed in early January to provide better ventilation for the grapes and help them ripen slowly, evenly, and healthily, with good natural acidity and pH levels.