Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2020 retrospective of DWWA19 (see blue link below).
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2019 - October 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.
Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate whilst maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Alongside him works winemaker Francsico Baettig who boasts an impressive wine industry CV prior to coming to Errazuriz. They are dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality and have built their reputation on this and as a result are one of Chile's leading family owned wine estates.
The grapes for the Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir are sourced from the Aconcagua Costa vineyard, located barely 7.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard was planted by Viña Errázuriz in 2005 and 2009. The climate is Mediterranean, acquiring cold weather conditions thanks to its proximity to the sea. The soil has 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 allowed a slow and gentle ripeness, along with outstandingly healthy grapes.
Grapes were handpicked between February 26th and February 28th, double sorted, 85% destemmed and crushed, then placed in open top stainless-steel tanks (15% whole clusters). Before starting the fermentation process, the grapes underwent a 3 to 5 days cold soak at 8°C. Fermentation was carried out with native yeasts only, by which the wine develops complex and distinctive aromas and flavours. Total skins contact, including post fermentation maceration was 12 to 20 days. Final blend is aged for 13 months in French oak barrels, 15% new.
See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2019 - fiche technique
100% Pinot Noir.
Limpid ruby red color with beautiful violets flashes. On the nose, this Pinot Noir is very intense, showing red fruits as raspberries, accompanied by floral notes that remind of rosehip, all framed by spices and a smoky note. The palate is dominated by fresh red fruits and floral notes with soft balsamic touches. It has great structure, tension and freshness, with polish and round tannins that make it a very attractive wine, easy to drink.