COUNTRY/REGION: Chile/Aconcagua Valley.
GRAPES: 60% Marsanne, 26% Roussanne and 14% Viognier.
WINEMAKER NOTES: A beautiful pale yellow in colour, this wine's moderate aromatic intensity offers tremendous elegance and complexity. Nutty and dried fruit aromas typical of Roussanne and Marsanne are accompanied by sweet floral notes of acacia and honeysuckle. The long, linear, and mineral palate has a phenolic load that lends structure and a slight bitterness that reflects the Viognier in the blend. Mandarin orange and other citrus flavours appear on the long and pleasing finish.
VINEYARDS: The grapes that went into this wine came from our vineyard in Ocoa, 50 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the Valle de Aconcagua. This vineyard has a drier climate and a higher daily temperature oscillation than those in the coastal sectors. The average annual temperature is 15¼C. Precipitation increases in accordance with the altitude and ranges from 250 to 300 mm. The soils are of colluvial origin and were formed by deposits of rocks and sediments washed down the mountains. They are composed of a rather shallow layer of loam texture that has an excellent drainage capacity and that moderates vigour.
VINTAGE: Warm temperatures in spring and lower than average rainfall resulted in an early start to this challenging yet balanced 2015 vintage. The conditions produced an early harvest, with overall small to normal berry sizes giving excellent flavour concentration and structure to the wine.
WINE MAKING: The grapes were picked early in the morning and carefully transported to the winery in small, 14-kg boxes. The fruit did not undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration but was immediately pressed prior to fermentation. Each variety was vinified separately, and 40% of the total must was fermented in second- and third-use French oak barrels. The remaining must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures that fluctuated between 12¼ and 15¼C using yeasts that were especially selected for their ability to heighten aromatic compounds under low temperature conditions. This wine remained in the stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels for 6 months, and 61% of the total underwent malolactic fermentation.
TASTING NOTES: A deliciously eclectic combination of Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier that reflects the winemaking philosophy of 'The Blend Colelction' wines. Every year the viticultural team are given free rein to select from the best and most interesting parcels from the Errazuriz vineyards.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.