In a nutshell: A carefully oaked and minerally Chilean Chardonnay.
The lowdown: The understated vanilla oakiness is balanced with abright, fresh acidity and a long, clean finish - a real, quality competitor to French white Burgundies. The grapes come from Aconcagua valley vineyards near the Pacific coast so benefit from the cooling breezes which give the grapes their crisp acidity and the wine is then aged in French oak barrels. Mineral notes on the nose blend nicely with touches of citrus and dried fruits. The palate is well rounded allowing the mineral notes to stand out with lemon, peach and pink grapefruit flavours, all held together with subtle touches of honey and exotic spices.
When to drink: Good with poultry, fish and mild creamy cheeses.
The Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 when Don Maximiano Errazuriz planted his first vineyards at Panquehue in the Aconcagua Valley, 100km North of the capital Santiago. Recognising that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, 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. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate whilst maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Alongside him works winemaker Francsico Baettig who boasts an impressive wine industry CV prior to coming to Errazuriz. They are dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality and have built their reputation on this and as a result are one of Chile's leading family owned wine estates.