In April, we released an exclusive parcel of Errazuriz’s extraordinary prestige wine from Aconcagua Costa, the stellar Pizarras Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2015 vintage. Errazuriz is an iconic Estate, which is now recognised as making some of the finest wines in the world. They are responsible for the stunning Sena, which has now cemented itself worldwide and was awarded 100 points in 2015, along with Chile’s first 100 point wine, the year before, Vinedo Chadwick 2014. We were fortunate to visit the Aconcagua Vineyards recently and can attest that the wines reflect special terroir, which along with the incredible winemaking explains how they produce such staggeringly good wine. In 2015, the Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay has been awarded 98 points, while the Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir was awarded 99 points from James Suckling. They are special wines, capable of straddling Chile’s wonderful natural climate and compete with very fine white and red Burgundy. However, the prices are exceptional. We sold out of the original offer in minutes and we are delighted to have been able to negotiate another parcel which we can release today, at the same price.
The Pizarras Chardonnay has been described by winemaker Franciso Bateig as ‘the best wine he has ever made’. It has been awarded a spectacular 98 points from James Suckling, yet today’s special release price is only £200 per case of six in bond! Even more appealing is the 2015 Errazuriz Pizarras Pinot Noir, which James Suckling has awarded 99 points. This has a special release price of £300 per case of six, unmissable quality for a wine which has the poise, structure, power and elegance of a Grand Cru Burgundy.
The Estate’s winemaking is based on the mantra of their forefather, Don Maximiano who posited that “from the best land, the best wine”. This rings true for these two wines, which both derive from Errazuriz’s Aconcagua Costa Estate. The Estate spent years mapping the property in collaboration with the French Geologist Francoise Vannier-Petite. Working together they highlighted a set of vineyards that had a high component of metamorphic rock, with a high preponderance of the hugely desirable schist which is extremely rare in Chile. In fact, it is from the Spanish word for schist, or slates (pizarra) that the name of the wine derives.
The winemaking regime for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is Burgundian as are the wines themselves. The grapes are hand-picked, double-sorted, softly destemmed and crushed. After cold-soaking for 3-7 days, they are fermented with native yeasts to maximise the local character and complexity. The Pinot Noir’s plantings were taking from the 777 Pinot Noir clone, which were originally sourced from Morey St Denis, in the Cote d’Or. The winemaking is painstaking; a Chilean take on the bijou growers in France and correspondingly they only produced 500 cases of this Pinot Noir.
It is only the second year of release for both wines, although the vineyards were planted 10 years ago. As such, we cannot compare the price to previous vintages, however, priced at £33 for a 98 point scoring Chardonnay and £50 for a 99 point scoring Pinot Noir, it is no wonder why the meagre 500 cases have already sold from the Estate. As such we are delighted to be able to offer these today.
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2015, 6×75 – 300 IB
99 Points, James Suckling
Even better than the debut and great 2014. Perfumed and vivid with strawberry, raspberry, flower leaf, cedar, stone and flint. Full body yet compacted and compressed giving it an ultra-fine palate profile. Tension and finesse. Light citrus finish. Polished to almost perfection. Seamless finish. 500 cases made. Drink now.
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015, 6×75 – 200 IB
98 Points, James Suckling
The structure and length of this white highlights its greatness. Full body, yet tight and structured with a superb linear backbone of ripe fruit and fine phenolic tension. Cream, stone, flint and apple. All about refined texture. Drink or hold.
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