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Errazuriz Chardonnay 2009 Wine Review

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2009

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2009

Casablanca valley, Chile

Community Score: 4.4/5

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $10.95

Drink: 2010-2013

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Errazuriz

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Product: 318741

Natalie's Score: 87/100

A balanced and pleasant Chardonnay with green apple and melon notes. Nicely balanced oak gives it a richness without heaviness. Perfect with corn on the cob.

This was reviewed July 20, 2010 by

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Mark Cochrane Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Someday I'll figure out how to properly pronounce this vineyard's name. I always seem to end up with 8 syllables and too many Z's. Their wine on the other hand is really quite good. Peach, melon and tropical fruits are present on both the nose and palate. The wine was partially fermented in oak and aged sur lie which gives this Casablanca Valley Chardonnay a a good balance between the creaminess and acidity. A long smooth tropical finish of mango is really nice. Pairs well with a cold pasta salad.
Vineyard
La Escultura Estate is a vineyard that receives the benefits from a coastal influence that moderates temperatures throughout the year, given its location, just 20 miles (32 km) from the Pacific Ocean in the Casablanca Valley. Cool maritime breezes allow a long and gentle ripening period that encourages the development of grape aromas and flavours and ensures very good acidity levels. This condition makes the Valley a privileged place for producing cool climate varietals such as Chardonnay. The vineyard was planted between 1992 and 1994 on granitic soils with low to medium vigour potential. The vines are vertically positioned, and the vineyard is drip irrigated.

Winemaking
We harvested the fruit for our Chardonnay Estate from late March through the first half of April. Upon arrival at the cellar, most of the grapes were whole cluster pressed, and the rest were destemmed and gently crushed. Vinification took place with clean musts, and the different lots were separated according to their specific characteristics. 94% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the remaining 6% fermented in French oak barrels. 24% of the final blend was then aged in French oak barrels for 4 months. This wine accomplished a 15% of malolactic fermentation.

Winemaker's Comments
A beautiful golden-yellow colour with a clean aromatic expression of tropical fruits such as pineapple and cherimoya that mingle with very well-integrated notes of oak that lend complexity and elegance. The well-rounded fresh palate features pleasing acidity, good volume, medium body and a long finish.
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