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Chile’s Vina Errazuriz Wines Represent Value

Errazuriz Winery
Errazuriz Winery

Don Maximiniano founded this quality-oriented Chilean winery, in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, approximately 100 kilometres north of Santiago de Chile.

The founder’s philosophy was “From the best land, the best wines”, and is continues by Eduardo Chadwick, a descendent of the family.

Don Maximiniano’s family emigrated from the Basque country in 1735. The founder was born in Santiago in 1832.

Vina Errazuriz produces several lines of wine – Estate Series, Arboleda, and Sena. Caliterra wines are also closely affiliated the company.

Chile is one of the few countries that never experienced the dreaded phylloxera aphid’s devastation. This is thanks to the Andes Mountain chain in the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the vigilance of the government that imposed strict controls on vines imported.

Today, Vina Errazuriz owns vineyards in Aconcagua, Casablanca Valley, and Curico.
I visited Aconcagua vineyards and winery, and tasted this property’s cabernet sauvignon and syrah.

The vineyards are laid out well, and maintained impeccably, pruned to lower yield and concentrate fruit flavour.

Recently I had a welcome opportunity to taste

Estate Series Chardonnay, 2014
Pale bright yellow with golden hues. Aromas of tropical fruits and apples combined with subtle notes of white flowers greet the nose. In
the mouth the texture is creamy and all flavours are well balanced. Persistent finish.
Enjoy with light foods, chicken salads with lemon, herb and extra virgin olive oil, sautéed scallops, breaded and deep fried calamari rings.
$ 10.95

Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
Pale yellow in colour. Aromas of citrus fruits waft out oft eh glass. In
the mouth, passion fruit flavours dominate. Medium-bodied with a fine balance and lingering finish.
Enjoy with pastas, pizzas, sautéed pork loin, apricot-stiffed roasted pork loin, seafood appetizers (ceviche)
$ 12.95

Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
Greenish yellow in colour. Herbal and citrusy aromas emanate from
the glass. In the mouth the wine shows its freshness, racy acidity, impeccable balance and intensity. Long and satisfying aftertaste.
A wine to enjoy with fried or marinated seafood, Dover Sole Meuniere, pastas with shrimp or salmon, or simply as an aperitif.
$ 15.95

Estate Series Pinot Noir, 2013
Brilliant red colour. Aromas of red berries along with mushrooms waft out of the glass. On the palate the wine feels “juicy” and medium-weight with respectable finish.
Enjoy with sautéed pork loin, cold cuts, pastas with ragu, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, pan-fried sausages, and lamb stews.
$ 13.95

Estate Series Carmenere, 2013
Carmenere is one of Chile’s flagship red grapes.
Deep red colour. Aromas of blackberries and figs underlined with pepper, chocolate and violets dominate the nose of this well-balanced wine. It is well structured with good acidity and ripe tannins.
Persistent finish
Enjoy with baked pastas, hard cheeses, roasted root vegetables, lamb stews, medium-rare hamburgers, cold cuts.
$ 13.95

Max Reserva Cabernet sauvignon, 2012
Aconcagua Valley
Brilliant, crimson colour. Smalls of black- and red berries accompanied by spicy notes, peppers and mint dance out of the glass. In the mouth, this full-bodied wine offers intense fruitiness and vitality. The finish is long and satisfying.
Enjoy with medium-rare grilled steaks, roast whole filet of beef sliced, served with Sauce Hollandaise or Sauce Béarnaise, game stews, hard cheeses, beef stews, roast rack of venison.
An excellent value
$ 18.95

Here are more wine from the Errazuriz Winery.