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Monday, 12 March 2012

Errazuriz "Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Chile

Another day, another Chilean Sauvignon (see here for the Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011) - this Errazuriz "Aconcagua Costa Single Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc is another textbook example of what Chile can do with this grape.

Pale with a translucent greeny-gold hue in the glass, the nose is highly aromatic and herbaceous with lots of lush varietal character of cut grass and zingy nettles, all underpinned by a (pleasant) hint of pungent cattiness.

The palate is also aromatic, with rounded, crisp acidity, zesty grapefruit and lime and a weighty, flinty minerality.

The finish is mineral and persistent with herbaceous aromas.

Overall this is a very well-made and well-balanced wine - very classy and very distinctive. We matched this successfully with a chicken stew with rosemary and bay.

The Errazuriz website tells me that the grapes for this wine were grown at an altitude of 100m-300m just 12km inland from the Pacific Ocean with morning fogs and cooling breezes as a result. Fermentation was in stainless steel with three months' ageing on the lees - all this shows through in the finished wine as a crisp acidity matched with an aromatic lushness and a weightiness on the palate.

Available for £11.50 in Cambridge from Bacchanalia, nationally from Harrods, Waitrose and Wine Rack as well as from an extensive list of places I've never heard of: Askew Wines, Cheers Wine Merchants, Dickens House, Wine Emporium, The Vintage House, Dunedin Wines, Fowey Fish, Islington Wine, Le Canon Wines, Leamington Wine Co., Rhythm & Booze, Taurus Wines and The London Wine Company.

Provided for review.


Errazuriz - http://www.errazuriz.com

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