In a nutshell: The new world are producing some cracking Pinots at the minute and sensible prices and this Chilean example from the Aconcagua valley is a bit of a gem.
The lowdown: An intense and complex nose of raspberries, red cherries accompanied with floral notes and framed by a delicate toastiness. A vibrant and fresh palate with ripe raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours backed up by touches of spice and fine tannins. A wine with good structure and tension due to the excellent acidity.
When to drink: An excellent red to drink on its own it also goes well with most grilled, or roasted meat, casseroles, or mature cheese.
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.