Errazuriz know how to make great wine, arguably the best in Chile, certainly some of the best in the world. They are responsible for the stunning Sena, which has now cemented itself worldwide. Moreover, this year they made Chile’s first 100 point wine, Vinedo Chadwick 2014. Errazuriz shocked the wine world when in 2004 the aforementioned wines competed and conquered the leading wines of Bordeaux, including First Growths. This quality runs throughout their fine wine range and therefore it comes as no surprise that Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2015 has just been awarded 96 points from one of the world’s most respected voices on Chilean wine, Peter Richards MW, who calls the wine ‘World-Class’. Moreover, James Suckling, arguably the leading voice for Chilean wines has awarded it 94 points stating; ‘Excellent value for the quality’, at £130 per 12x75cl, or £16.32 per bottle including duty or VAT this is a must-buy.
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir is a special offering of a new terroir-driven Pinot Noir from the Manzanar vineyard on the Aconcagua coast. Don Maximiano’s mantra, “from the best land, the best wine”, still rings true: this Pinot Noir is grown in a cool climate on poor soils, just twelve kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. The Aconcagua valley, initially thought to be too hot and dry to produce wine grapes, is now home to the Seña, and regarded as one of the finest wine-producing areas in the country. However, normally it is host to hardier varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenère – and it is a testament to Errazuriz’ expertise that the terroir for Pinot Noir has been recognised on the coast. As the intense heat inland rises upwards, cooler air from the Pacific Ocean, chilled by the Antarctic ‘Humboldt Current’, creates mists that temper the vineyards to a reasonable temperature. Therefore, struggling to achieve ripeness, and blessed by rolling ocean breezes, the wine commands incredible poise and structure, aligning it with very good Village-Level, or 1er Cru Red Burgundy in terms of quality.
In a winemaking regime which any Burgundian would be proud of, the grapes for this Pinot Noir 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, left in contact with the skins for 12-20 days and aged for twelve months in French oak. This process results in a light, precise, and beautifully smooth red with fragrant red and black cherry fruit, perfect for drinking now. Pinot Noir is renowned for its high prices when it is done right, by a leading producer. The unique conditions found by Errazuriz when combined with their winemaking savoir-faire, results in a superb new world Pinot Noir, which combines much of the Old World’s balance, minerality and elegance at a price point which would be near impossible to create in the Cote d’Or. The value for money here is ludicrous!
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2015, 12×75, £130 IB
96 Points, Peter Richards MW, Decanter
“Errázuriz is the front rank of the Chilean Pinot charge. Winemaker Francisco Baettig and team are dutifully studying the terroir of this coastal estate, aiming to make world-class Pinot. They are succeeding.”
94 Points, James Suckling
“Aromas of oyster shell and iodine with strawberry and blood oranges follow through to medium to full body, plus firm and silky tannins. Hints of almonds and salt. Extremely long finish. Excellent value for the quality. Drink now.”
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