Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2021 edition expert review of South American Chardonnays (see blue link below for the review).
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2019 - June 2021 Decanter review
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The 2018 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2020 edition expert article, Top 20 Under £20: South American Chardonnay (see blue link below).
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2018 - April 2020 Decanter review
The Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 when Don Maximiano Errazuriz planted his first vineyards at Panquehue in the Aconcagua Valley – 100km north of the capital. Errazuriz’s philosophy is best expressed by Don Maximiano who said, “From the best land, the best wine.” Vina Errazuriz believe in the concept of ‘terroir’ and strive to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua and Casablanca valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity.
The grapes for Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay are sourced from the Aconcagua Costa vineyard, located 12 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Planted by Viña Errázuriz in 2005 and 2009, the soil is composed by a thin layer of loamy texture and placed on a base of clay and metamorphic rock (slate/schist), providing the mineral notes present in the wines that are grown in these vineyards.
The 2019 vintage in Aconcagua Costa was slightly warm due to the spring period, which scored a higher than average heat summation. Nevertheless, months that preceded the harvest were slightly cooler than the historically recorded, with lower temperatures in February and March that blessed us allowing a slow and gentle ripeness, along with outstandingly healthy grapes.
Grapes were handpicked in the early morning between february 23rd to march 14th and carefully transported to the winery, where they were whole-cluster pressed and cold decanted in stainless steel tanks. The use of native yeasts along with the larger number of strains of yeasts during a wild fermentation contributes greater complexity to the wine. The juice was fermented in used French oak barrels during 15 to 20 days, and then underwent 50% malolactic fermentation.
Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2019 shows a yellow-straw colour with greenish highlights. The expressive aromas of citrus, white peaches, pineapple and melon, all framed by soft notes of dried fruit. The palate is dominated by a citrus profile, accompanied by soft notes of tropical fruits and pastries. It is fresh, deep and long on the palate, it shows tension and creaminess in a delicate balance that makes this wine to have a great persistence and elegance.