Awarded 98 points and Exceptional status by Decanter in their October 2018 article Top Pinot Noir wines outside Burgundy (see previous link for full article, link below for review on just this wine)
Errazuriz, Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016 - October 2018 Decanter review.
"The mineral, stone, slate and violet aromas are superb. Full body, dense and silky texture. So much beautiful fruit yet it's so reserved and refined. Layered and complete. Fantastic acidity at the finish. Iron, iodine and oyster. Long finish. Superb follow up to the 2015. Drink or hold. 99 points." James Suckling, www.JamesSuckling.com, May 2017.
The Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 when Don Maximiano Errazuriz planted his first vineyards at Panquehue in the Aconcagua Valley - 100 km north of the Chilean capital. Recognising that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world class vineyard.
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. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errazuriz has built a reputation as the 'Premier Family Wine Estate of Chile'.
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 Errazuriz Winery was established in 1870 when the founder Don Maximiano Errazuriz first brought vines to the area. The beautiful original 1870 building still stands with the spectacular underground cellars still being used. Two brand new winery buildings were completed in 2010; one for Max Reserva wines and one for thef lagship wines. The Don Maximiano Icon Winery is an architecturally stunning masterpiece with oak fermenters and environmentally friendly ground-source heating/cooling. Sitting alongside the original 1870 building, these new developments show the importance of respecting our heritage whilst having a clear vision for the future. Both were showcased by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson in the 7th Edition of The World Atlas of Wine as benchmark examples of a state-of-the-art modern winery. In October 2017, Errazuriz became Chile’s first recipient of the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Award for Best Chilean Winery 2017.
With the Las Pizarras wines specifically (see also the superb Chardonnay), the dream was to create unique wines that could stand out alongside world class wines, aspiring to showcase the potential of Aconcagua Costa through terroir-specific wines. The name comes from the high percentage of metamorphic rock, slate (Spanish: pizarras) found in the property. With a grand cru philosophy, years of knowledge and mapping the vineyard revealed specifics blocks (see link below) to produce the most complete and complex Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
For more details, see the blue links below: the first regarding vintage and winemaking, and the second regarding land and terroir.
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016 - data sheet
Errazuriz Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016 - land and vineyards
100% Pinot Noir.
"Of a cherry red color, it has beautiful violet hues. Complex nose, with reminiscent of rosehip, myrtle, sour cherries and a refreshing bergamot hint, accompanied by soft notes of marzipan and dried fruit notes. Equally complex and consistent with what is perceived in the nose, the palate is predominantly marked by fresh red fruit, floral notes, with some subtle notes of moist soil, citrus fruits, sweet spice and brioche. Very well structured, with fine and elegant tannins that deliver a chalky finish. A wine that displays a balance between amplitude and length very well achieved that allows to talk about power and elegance in a harmonious and persistent outcome.” FRANCISCO BAETTIG, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.