Errázuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa

Errázuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa

Sourced entirely from the Aconcagua Costa Estate, from specific lots that have a significant component of metamorphic rock including slate, 'pizarras' in Spanish. Each small block ripens at its own pace, depending on its proximity to the cool Pacific Ocean and its unique soil structure. The grapes are harvested by hand, rigorously selected on a double sorting table and whole cluster pressed. The juice is settled for 24 hours, before moving it by gravity into small stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels where fermentation is started with native yeasts. About 20% of the barrels used are new, 50% one-year-old and 30% two or three-year-old; 60% of the blend underwent a malolactic fermentation to achieve an ideal acid balance. The wine was aged for 14 months in barrel. This is a Chardonnay with exceptional complexity, depth, minerality, and natural acidity. It shows hints of Meyer lemon, orange blossom on the nose; the palate confirms the nose, intensified by a driving, almost saline, minerality and a dry, citric character of tangerines. The mouth-feel shows structure and tension, with an impressively long, persistent and dry finish.

  • Type: White
  • Country: Chile
  • Region: Aconcagua Valley
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Producer: Errázuriz
  • Primary grape: Chardonnay
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £54.41
  • Code: 33921
  • Expression: Acorn