2013 Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment Cassablanca Valley

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Welcome to Part Two of our un-paralleled Double Feature from Chile:



This morning we led off with a stunning Pinot Noir from Ritual that is selling like hotcakes so in keeping with the Burundian theme, we offer the 2013 Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment from the Casablanca Valley in Chile. This wine too was part of James Suckling's recent online report covering the wines of South America and like the Ritual, it has been awarded the highest score in its category and looks to be one of the finest white wine released in 2014 under $20.



About the wine:

Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Viña Errazuriz in 1870 in the Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of the capital, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its 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. Errazuriz ferments its best lots of chardonnay using natural yeasts. Over the years, their Chardonnay Wild Ferment has become recognized as one of the top Chardonnays from South America.



The grapes that went into our 2013 Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard Chardonnay came from the Manzanar Vineyard, located just 7.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. 70 acres of Chardonnay were planted in 2005 using clones 548, 95, and 76, which produce different styles of grapes that increase complexity in the final blend. The vineyards are drip irrigated and trellised to vertical shoot position. The soils have a thin layer of loam texture over another layer of clay and weathered schist rock, which is responsible for the minerality found in our wines from the coastal vineyards. These unique conditions are ideal for growing cold-climate varieties such as Chardonnay.



The grapes were hand-picked during the early hours of the morning and transported to the cellar while still cool. The fruit was delicately whole-cluster pressed and the must was cold decanted in stainless steel tanks for a cleaner fermentation, which later took place in second- and third-use French oak barrels using native yeasts. Fermentation took place at 64º-72ºF, and approximately 45% of the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine remained on its fine lees in the same barrels for ten months.



Awarded a mind-boggling 95 points the 2013 Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment Chardonnay has had our phones ringing off the hook since yesterday afternoon; folks from all over America trying to get their hands on a few bottles of what will likely be a top 10 wine for 2014.



James Suckling: 95 Points- This a phenomenal white with sliced apple, papaya, and chalk with hints of slate. Turns to limes. Full body, with bright acidity and a racy acidity that goes on for minutes with the fruit. Dry austerity at the end gives it incredible character. This was fermented and aged in second and third year oak. Ten months. A triumph. A reductive structured style. Drink now.

James Suckling: 95 Points

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