Errazuriz / 2016 Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc.

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6 x 75cl Bottles
92 Points / The Wine Advocate 2017.
Errazuriz / 2016 Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc

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COUNTRY/REGION: Chile/Aconcagua Valley.

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

ABV: 13%

WINEMAKER NOTES: Light greenish-yellow in colour. The nose shows outstanding complexity and elegance, with an aromatic blend of citrus, herbal, and tropical notes with a touch of green chilli pepper, tomato leaf, fresh-cut grass, white citrus flowers, guayaba, and passion fruit. The palate offers a complexity of flavours, but is particularly striking for its linearity, depth, and minerality, all framed within a profile of freshness due to its excellent acidity.

VINEYARDS: The grapes for our Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc came from our Manzanar Vineyard, located just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean. This property has hillsides that range from 100 to 300 metres above sea level and present an average heat summation of 1,191 Degree Days during the growing season with an average January temperature of 18.4¼C. These extraordinary characteristics are ideal for cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are drip irrigated and trellised to vertical shoot position on soils with a thin layer (40-80 cm) of loam over another layer of clay and metamorphic slate-type rock (schist). Sixty hectares of Sauvignon Blanc clones 1, 107, 242, and 376 were planted in 2005 and another 20 hectares were planted in 2009.

VINTAGE: 2016 was a very challenging year for Chilean wines. The El Nino current delayed the grape development as it caused heavy rains and cooler temperatures. Consequently, the harvest took place two weeks later than previous years and only the best and healthiest grapes were selected. The result is very interesting as the slow maturity contributed to decrease the sugar and alcohol levels. Therefore, 2016 is characterized by wines with great elegance and freshness; a more Bordeaux style vintage.

WINE MAKING: The grapes were manually picked in the early morning hours and transported to the cellar, where 100% were destemmed, chilled, crushed, and pressed. To preserve the aromatic potential in the wine, all of the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures that fluctuate between 13¼ and 15¼C using yeasts that were especially selected for their ability to heighten aromatic compounds at cold temperatures. Special care was taken at every stage of the process to prevent the grapes and must from coming into contact with oxygen in order to preserve the wine's natural freshness. The lots remained on their lees for 3 months to gain greater texture and volume on the palate.

TASTING NOTES: From the pioneering plantings in the coastal region of the Aconcagua Valley, this is an elegant Sauvignon with fresh citrus aromas and a richness and complexity that balances the crisp accidity.

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.