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Errazuriz - The Blend White 2015

Information

  • Country: Chile
  • Wine Region: Aconcagua
  • Wine Maker: Francisco Baettig
  • Grape: Viognier,Marsanne,Roussanne
  • Grape Percentage: 60% Marsanne 26% Roussanne 14% Viognier
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2015) VS: 91 (2015) JS: 91 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A beautiful pale yellow in colour, this wine's moderate aromatic intensity offers tremendous elegance and complexity. Nutty and dried fruit aromas typical of Roussanne and Marsanne are accompanied by sweet floral notes of acacia and honeysuckle. The long, linear, and mineral palate has a phenolic load that lends structure and a slight bitterness that reflects the Viognier in the blend. Mandarin orange and other citrus flavours appear on the long and pleasing finish.

Winery Information

Errazuriz

Begun in 1870 by Don Maximiano Err?zuriz in the tiny town of Panquehue, Errazuriz vineyards was, not long after its founding, one of the largest single-owner wine estates in the world, with 1730 acres planted in an area largely unknown for viticulture in Chile at the time. Don Maximiano was used to making big bets, however. As the part owner of the country's primary copper producer and the owner of the country's primary natural gas producer, Don Maximiano did not do anything half-heartedly. As.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)93 pts

Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - A wine I had never tasted before is the 2015 The Blend Collection White. This wine mixes Mediterranean varieties from their vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley, more specifically from their Ocoa vineyard, some 50 kilometers away from the ocean. The blend (pun intended!) is 60% Marsanne 26% Roussanne and 14% Viognier that were harvested early in the morning and pressed immediately. The must was put to ferment after a short decanting keeping the varieties separate with some 35% of the volume going into second and third use French oak barrels, and the rest in stainless steel vats. It feels like the profile is dominated by Marsanne (they have reduced the amount of Roussanne), but there is still a little effect from the Viognier in the shape of peach aromas intermixed with more austere notes of dry hay and spices; there is some incipient complexity, hinting at the acacia flowers, and it is impressive for such young wine with some mineral, stony, flinty hints. The style is fresh with good acidity and nerve, not heavy and nicely balanced, with fresh acidity and plenty of soil/earthy sensations. This is a great Mediterranean white that opens up with time in the glass, so decant it in advance. It should also develop nicely in bottle.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)91 pts

feb 2017 - Light yellow-gold. Fresh, mineral-laced pear and nectarine aromas show very good depth and clarity, turning livelier with air. Silky, penetrating and precise, offering an array of sharply focused citrus and pit fruit flavors given lift and spine by a dusty mineral quality. A subtle floral note comes up on the nervy, persistent finish, which leaves behind a juicy Meyer lemon note. This wine has a fairly low pH of 3.2, which shows in its vibrancy.

James Suckling (2015)91 pts

A fun Rhone blend of 60% marsanne, 26% roussanne and 14% viognier delivering medium body, dried tropical fruit and a fresh and crisp finish. Drink now.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were picked early in the morning and carefully transported to the winery in small, 14-kg boxes. The fruit did not undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration but was sent immediately to the be whole cluster pressed and lightly decanted prior to fermentation. Each variety was vinified separately, and 40% of the total must was fermented in second- and third-use French oak barrels. The remaining must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures that fluctuated between 12¼ and 15¼C using yeasts that were especially selected for their ability to heighten aromatic compounds under low temperature conditions. This wine remained in the stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels for 6 months, and 61% of the total underwent malolactic fermentation.